CNA reports that Benedict XVI held up twelfth-century Abbot of Cluny Peter the Venerable as an example for all Christians:
he explained to the 20,000 pilgrims, “constituted the ideal of a monk, but also of every Christian who wants to become a true disciple of Christ” in today’s fast-paced world.
Born in 1094 in Auvergne, France, Peter the Venerable was elected as Abbot of Cluny in 1122. Peter, the Pope said, “found himself having to guide Cluny in years that were far from peaceful for internal and external reasons.”
Despite his pressing responsibilities and frequent travels in the service of the Church, Peter maintained a contemplative spirit, deep inner tranquility, rigorous asceticism and a capacity for warm friendships.
“Those who knew him exalted his righteousness, loyalty, elegance and special ability to mediate,” the Holy Father recalled. The abbot was “ascetic and strict with himself and understanding with others.”
Pope Benedict also recounted some of the monk’s sayings, such as, “more can be obtained from man through tolerance than complaint” and “With those who hate we should always be peaceful.”