A simple and devoted tribute to Giusepe Sarto who was to be recognized as saintly in his time begins with a portrayal of him as Bepi, the eldest son of his farmer father in Riese. While struggling with the desire for the church and the need to help at home, a scholarship to study in the seminary at Padua enabled Bepi to take the first step towards the higher learning necessary for the priesthood. He was ordained at 21, by special dispensation, and his following duties as an assistant cure in Tombolo earned him the reputation as a wise, loving and continually energetic man. As pastor at Salzano, Giusepe Sarto's Christlike charity became more evident and his appointment as bishop, cardinal and then pope strengthened his inner being. His deeds as Pope included canon law revision and the arrangement to accept children for earlier confirmation. For small deeds as well as large, people called him a living saint.