Climbing the mountain of God is like taking the elevator to the top floor. You freely choose the path, you get there, but the ascending and elevating locomotion is in the Rising energy of another. But holiness, and this is no news to those who struggle, is no easy elevator ride--corny music aside. But God has given us 4 surefire ways to push the penthouse button of His Sacred Heart.
"As long as Moses kept his hands raised up, Israel had the better of the fight..." Exodus 17:8-13
When the devil plays with your every move; when your heart seems irreversibly pulled toward your favorite sin; when life seems like an angry 500 lb. gorilla--sitting on your chest; when you seem alone among hostile aliens; this is the time to pick up your cross and set it down at the foot of the Crucifix and meditate on the words, 'Eloi, Eloi, Llama, Sabachthani,' which come from the only, truly, Innocent Victim, the Beloved Son of God. When climbing the mountain of God--making sense of suffering--the raised arms of the Crucified Jesus have incomparable strength.
Surefire way #1 is meditation on the Passion of our Lord.
"I lift up my eyes toward the mountains; whence shall help come to me? My help is from the LORD, who made heaven and earth." Psalm 121:1-8
The world and its perverted systems, in the politics of lies and the popular decadent trends, tend to mask the beauty of God's Creation, particularly in the gift of human life. We need to shut off the TV, turn off the radio, get out of our car, ditch the electronics, and open our eyes to the majesty of God's breathtaking drama in the natural world--particularly in the pinnacle of His Creation, in undistracted dialogue with another human person. Mountains and trees and rivers and birds and flowers and clouds and wind speak more to the Majestic Power of our God than do i-pods and SUV's and ATV's and TV's and the internet.
Surefire way #2 is contemplation of the Grandeur of God in nature.
"All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:14--4:2
The Bible (a good Catholic edition--faithfully interpreted by Catholic Tradition--Fathers, Catechism, etc.) is the inspired word of God, given to us from God through His Church. 'Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ,' (St Jerome). From the word of God we can better know the Word of God, Jesus Christ. In Jesus, we can exit the faulty path of our own sin and re-enter the Way of the gentle Messiah, whose 'yoke' leads to unending joy and peace in the Love of the Father.
Surefire way #3 is in prayerful reading of Sacred Scripture.
"Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them?" Luke 18:1-8
In Jesus' parable of the nagging woman and the unholy judge, Jesus points out the importance of persistent faith. But the problem is that we are inconsistent, and non-persistent, disciples because of our sinful nature. The only answer to this is to change our nature! And the only way to change our nature is to submit to the grace of God in the double sacraments of salvation--the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Confession reunites us with God and the Church, forgiving us of our sin, while gracing us in the sanctifying unity of the Holy Trinity. The Eucharist gives us the Real Presence of Jesus, and takes us up to heaven, and the Loving Father, in communion with the angels and saints, and the Universal Church, in the Perfect Sacrifice of Jesus, perpetuated (unbloody) in the Sacrament of God's Love. Wow!
Surefire way #4 is to receive the Sacraments...regularly!