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Ascending the Mountain
The image of life on earth as ascending the mountain to God is an idea that several Saints have written about.
The metaphor goes a little something like this: because of the fall of man, we are born at the base of a mountain. And, at the top of the mountain is the Beatific Vision, eternity with God in Heaven.
But, this mountain is not one that can be ascended by our own power and will. The route up the mountain is not something that we simply make up as we go. We need a guide, we need help, and we need grace. God offers that help through our guardian angels, the Saints, and the Blessed Virgin. But, not only that — God sent us His only Son.
We celebrate the fact that Christ was able to descend the mountain, in order for us to ascend with Him. He comes to us, to show us the way, to guide us, to climb with us.
Let’s rejoice in Him who was sent for us.