December 16-18, 2004
volume 15, no. 195
The Third Secret of Fatima Part Six |
A City Upon The Mountain
by Ron and Kirstie Finster
That specific City is the Church as identified by His Holiness Pope Leo XIII in his encyclical Satis Cognitum which documents its authenticity from the prophet Isaias and the holy Doctor of the Church St. John Chrysostom.
This article is a short update on our series presenting an interpretation of the vision of the Third Secret of Fatima. The one part of the vision that had not yet been entirely clear to us was the reference to the mountain. Recall that in the vision, the "bishop in white" along with other bishops, priests, and religious ascend a steep mountain at the top of which is the large wooden cross with the bark, which was interpreted as the dogma of the faith preserved. But before reaching the cross, they pass through a city half in ruins. The city was interpreted as referring to the Church. The mountain, however, remained a mystery, outside of perhaps depicting the struggle for the faith. But I think we may now have the answer. It is buried in Pope Leo XIII's encylical Satis Cognitum, On the Unity of the Church.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following article, submitted by Kirstie Finster and her Dad Ron, is actually a short continuation of their series they had completed at the beginning of this year on The Third Secret of Fatima. It may have taken them almost a year to complete, but it is well worth the wait for hidden within Pope Leo XIII's encyclical are answers to the analogy released that, reading between the lines we can see the apostasy warned of by the Blessed Mother.
In his encyclical, Pope Leo describes the various symbolic references to the Church, one of which happens to be a mountain. He writes:
"That the one Church should embrace all men everywhere and at all times was seen and foretold by Isaias, when looking into the future he saw the appearance of a mountain conspicuous by its all surpassing altitude, which set forth the image of "The House of the Lord" - that is, of the Church, "And in the last days the mountain of the House of the Lord shall be prepared on the top of the mountains" (Isa. ii., 2)."
"Wherefore Chrysostom writes: 'Secede not from the Church: for nothing is stronger than the Church. Thy hope is the Church; thy salvation is the Church; thy refuge is the Church. It is higher than the Heavens and wider than the earth. It never grows old, but is ever full of vigour. Wherefore Holy Writ pointing to its strength and stability calls it a mountain' (Hom. De capto Eutropio, n. 6)"
But later, he also describes the Church, in as much as it is a human community, as a city. Not just any city, but a city upon the mountain
"God indeed even made the Church a society far more perfect than any other. For the end for which the Church exists is as much higher than the end of other societies as divine grace is above nature, as immortal blessings are above the transitory things on the earth. Therefore the Church is a society divine in its origin, supernatural in its end and in means proximately adapted to the attainment of that end; but it is a human community inasmuch as it is composed of men. For this reason we find it called in Holy Writ by names indicating a perfect society. It is spoken of as the House of God, the city placed upon the mountain…"
There seems to be a clear parallel here!
For those interested, an updated and compiled version of the entire interpretation of the vision of the Third Secret of Fatima is posted at www.teleport.com/~faith .
For installments to date in this series, see www.DailyCatholic.org/2004fat.htm Archives.