The Pier Earrings are named after St. Peter and Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati. After creating these earrings I realized that they reminded me of a storm. I immediately thought of the Scripture story of Jesus walking on the water (Matthew 14:22-33).
A storm is raging while Jesus's disciples are out at sea. Jesus came to them and they were terrified thinking He was a ghost. After Jesus tells them not to have fear Peter says, "Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water" (Matthew 14:28). To which Jesus replies, "Come" (Matthew 14:29). Peter steps out of the boat and begins walking towards Jesus. However, Peter sees the raging storm and becomes afraid. He begins to sink and cries out for Jesus to save him. Immediately Jesus saves Peter by reaching His hand out to rescue him. Jesus says to Peter, "O man of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31). As soon as they are back in the boat the storm ceases and the disciples worship Jesus.
I think Peter teaches me so much about my own humanness. That even though I may fail many times in my love Christ is always there waiting with mercy and love. I love the quote by Kierkegaard about Peter. It really teaches me to try to love as Jesus does. "Christ’s love for Peter was so boundless that in loving Peter he accomplished loving the person one sees. He did not say, 'Peter must change first and become another man before I can love him again.' No, just the opposite, he said, 'Peter is Peter, and I love him; love, if anything, will help him to become another man'" Kierkegaard.
The name "Pier" is actually a variant of Peter, meaning rock. I decided to make the stud part of the earrings with clay that looks like granite to also remind us of Peter. As I continued to work with this design I realized that since they reminded me of a storm they also reminded me of the outdoors. Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati I known for this love of the mountains and being in the wilderness.
Bl. Pier would actually organize trips to the mountains with his friends. He used these trips as an opportunity to evangelize. He would never miss the chance to lead his friends to Mass, to reading Scripture, and to praying the Rosary. Bl. Pier loved the poor and did all that he could to care for them. He tragically contracted polio (probably from the sick he cared for) at the age of 24 and passed away on July 4th. At his funeral so many people came that the city was lined with a crowd of mourners who Pier's family did not even know. Many of the mourners were the poor and needy whom he lovingly tended to. St. John Paul II called Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati the "Man of the Beatitudes."
"The higher we go, the better we shall hear the voice of Christ. Verso L'Alto (to the heights!" Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati.