Perhaps Blessed Peter was mindful of this, or perhaps his well-off family pushed him into university, but in either event Peter's life took a more practical turn and he achieved his doctorate in law. He seemed poised to become a successful man of the world until he experienced a deep conversion upon listening to the sermon of a visiting Franciscan. He immediately joined the Friars Minor, and walked about Italy converting or gratifying whomever he met.
That's what we'd like to do. We'd like to walk all over Portland and wherever God invites us (I'm looking at you, San Francisco), always serving as a blessing to everyone we meet. We'd offer a little sustenance to those on the streets, free quality sacramentals, friendship to whomever wants it, fervent prayer and a little penance, a listening ear and a reliable good word. That's what we're doing now. I hope we are an edifying example to all. We also walk with the conviction that just a handful of dedicated, generous and courageous Christians can restore hundreds of lives that are now in ruins. If we do this over the coming years, it is because God is asking us to do it, and He is the power and the glory.
The image below is of Blessed Peter at the Holy House of Loreto, communing with the Blessed Virgin and the Christ Child. The image was imprinted on a church document from 1791 issuing a relic from Blessed Peter's tunic. I recently bought the document and relic, because these kind of treasures are now available at fire sale prices as churches, convents and monasteries close across Europe. Blessed Peter of Mogliano, pray for us. Pray that we have your fortitude, gentleness and never-tiring zeal for re-building the Church!