So preoccupied had I been with Assisi that I couldn’t see beyond it to the goal of everything, that other threshold, that border where earth and heaven meet. The mountain is the symbol of that apogee in the soul where we meet God. This is not to denigrate or dismiss what is below, but to lift it up and give thanks to God for all that God has made; to bless it and praise God and see that everything is good because it comes from God and ultimately leads us beyond itself to the God who made it and redeems it. What is below makes the mountain. It does not rest on air, on spirit, but on matter, which is the mountain’s way to the heights of union with God. The mountain affirms incarnation, the entering of God into all that God has made.
—from Enter Assisi: An Invitation to Franciscan Spirituality by Murray Bodo, OFM