For a while, in preparation for talk, I’ve been reviewing the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima.
I noticed something interesting.
Say that you are waiting for someone really important to arrive, perhaps someone you love. You watch in the direction whence your expected love will come.
Say that your beloved is departing, though you long to spend more time together. You watch your beloved go off until lost from sight.
For the first apparition, the children saw Our Lady standing on the holm oak. When she left, she rose surrounded in light and disappeared into the East. So the children were looking to the East. This happened at the end of the other apparitions as well.
On 13 October 1917, for the “miracle of the Sun”, one of the observers, Fr. Joao Quaresma wrote:
“To my great astonishment I saw, clearly and distinctly, a luminous globe coming from the east and moving to the west, gliding slowly and majestically through space. With my hand I motioned to Monsignor Gois who was standing next to me, and who had been making fun of me for coming. Looking up he too saw this unexpected vision. Then suddenly this globe, giving off an extraordinary light, disappeared.”
From the earliest times Christians have believed that Christ would return from the East. Given the hope of Christians to see the Lord whenever and however He comes, it makes sense for us all to face the symbolic, liturgical East.
I’m just sayin’.