Today, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Peter of Tarentaise (1102-1175), Archbishop, minister to the poor, and saintly model of charity. Known as the “runaway bishop,” Saint Peter’s ideal life was to live as a simple monk… but he recognized that the Lord had other plans for him, and was willing to follow the path put before him. Once he realized that his place was in service to the diocese of Tarentaise, Peter threw himself whole-heartedly into his duties, sacrificing his own wants for those of God. Today, on his feast day, we are reminded to seek the Lord’s will in our own lives, keeping our eyes fixed firmly on the heavens, and following where He might lead us.
Always preaching peace, Saint Peter was called upon by Pope Alexander III to assist in minimizing bloodshed throughout France, and later England. Saint Peter counseled kings and leaders, preaching the Gospel of peace. He fell ill on a return trip from England, and died at the age of 73 at the Bellevaux monastery.
Saint Peter was a model of charity and peace, one the world would have lost had he followed his own plan, rather than the Lord’s. What are we depriving the world of when we close our hearts and minds to God’s plan? Let us recommit ourselves to sowing the seeds of love, service, and peace, as did Saint Peter of Tarentaise.
Almighty God, you have raised up faithful bishops of your church, including your servant Saint Peter of Tarentaise.
May the memory of his life be a source of joy for us and a bulwark of our faith,
so that we may serve and confess your name before the world,
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.