Called to the Heights
“Come Let Us Climb The Mountain Of The Lord!”

By Mother Mary Angela, P.C.C.

Our Holy Founders

        The mountains proclaim the glory of God! Throughout the ages their beauty and majesty have lifted man’s heart to God and called him upward to a place of sacred encounter. It was on the mountain called Horeb that the Lord spoke to Moses from the burning bush and to the prophet Elijah in a tiny, whispering sound. The Son of God Himself, when He walked our earth, sought the heights of the mountains to pray to His Father. Mount La Verna witnessed the divine encounter that left our seraphic Father St. Francis with wounds of love in hands and feet and side.

        We, too, are called to the heights. The whole of our blessed vocation is a summons from the Bridegroom, “Come, let us climb the mountain of the Lord!” (Is. 2:3) Set forth on a journey that will last a lifetime, this Franciscan adventure of love! To go up the mountain, we must first leave the comforts of the valley, and fly from all that will keep us from the heights. Thus we give clear witness that man belongs entirely to God, and so keep green among the human family the desire for a heavenly home (cf. Gaudium et Spes, #38). Our life says to the world, “There’s something up there!”

         We take the sturdy staff of obedience to guide us on the direct path to the summit, for there is no shorter way nor one which leads more directly to heaven than to renounce one's own will for God's love (cf. Testament of St. Colette). The Lady, holy Poverty, lightens our journey. Like our sisters the larks, we entrust ourselves entirely to the providence of the heavenly Father, and know the joy and lightness of heart that spring from a genuine and effective poverty (cf. Constitutions of the Poor Clare Federation of Mary Immaculate in the United States of America).

          The precious gift of God that is radiant chastity infuses into our hearts an unparalleled freedom to love. It binds us to Christ and also to our community with a unique and stable bond (ibid.). This sisterly charity helps us keep our footing in narrow passes and on rocky ways.

        As we climb, our gaze encompasses the whole world, gathering the needs of the souls of men into the embrace of sacrificial love (ibid.). We set our journey to a song, the psalms and hymns that many travelers have sung before us as they made the ascent. The Virgin Mary illumines our way as Mother and guide, and every path she travels is made safe and joyful.

        Everything on this mountain is worthy of wonder; but the greatest wonder is the wonder of Jesus, walking with us, present to us in the Holy Eucharist as companion on our journey.

        Our life of spousal love is this daily ascent toward the summit, that eternal wedding feast with the King. “Blessed are those called to the wedding feast of the Lamb” (Rev. 19:9). This is the ultimate beatitude. This is our hope and our whole desire.