Holy Abbots of Cluny 10th/11th c.
The monastery of Cluny was a center for the reform and the renewal of Western monasticism in the 10th and 11th c. It was founded In 909 under Abbot Berno as a reformed monastery,
observing the Benedictine Rule with a strictness unusual at the time. While many monasteries were dominated by a local king or nobleman, Cluny was to be independent of all but the Pope.
Prayer: O God, by whose grace your servants the Holy Abbot of Cluny, kindled with the flame of your love, became burning and shining lights in your church:
Grant that we also may be aflame with the spirit of love and discipline, and walk before you as children of light; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. AMEN.
Scripture: Luke 6: 20-23
Looking at his disciples, he said: “Blessed are you who are poor,for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.
Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.
Reflection: The Holy Abbots of Cluny were pastors and supervisors of many monks seeking to fulfill their sacred vows. They were tough and straight-forward yet caring and desiring to instill God in their monastic seekers. How would our local religious communities do and be with Abbots like these guiding our spirituality?