Sabbath Hell

Today marks the 600th post on this Blog since I began writing ~2010, and I can think of no better feast for it than this day of darkness, silence, and hope…

…descendit ad inferos…

It is Christ’s final act of obedience towards his Father that he descends into hell, … the place where God is absent … It is filled with the reality of all the world’s godlessness with the sum of the world’s sin; therefore, with precisely all that from which the Crucified has freed the world. In hell he encounters his own work of salvation not in Easter triumph, but in the uttermost night of obedience, truly the “obedience of a corpse.” While bereft of any spiritual light emanating from the Father, in sheer obedience, he must seek the Father where he cannot find him under any circumstance. Hell seen in this way, is, in its final possibility, a Trinitarian event.

— Hans Urs von Balthsar

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5 comments on “Sabbath Hell

  1. […] It is Christ’s final act of obedience towards his Father that he descends into hell, … the place Go to the Source: Neal Obstat Theological Opining […]

  2. Nikola says:

    I am reading Cathecism of the Catholic Church and not seeing such an explanation. This is not in Symbolum of Catholic Church!

  3. Nick says:

    I actually came across a post that says Jesus descending into Hell had nothing to do with that but rather something very different: to free the Old Testament saints from Hades, check out this link:

    http://www.taylormarshall.com/2013/03/did-christ-suffer-in-hell-when-he.html

    What do you think about that?

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