Thursday, April 6, 2017
THE BALTIMORE CATECHISM SOLVES THE PROBLEM OF THE UNBAPTIZED WHO THOURGH NO FAULT OF THIER OWN ARE NOT BAPTIZED
(My comments and brilliant insights at the end)
# 95. What do we mean when we say in the Apostles' Creed that Christ descended into hell?
...we mean that, after He died, the soul of Christ descended into a place or state of rest, called limbo, where the souls of the just were waiting for Him.
96. Why did Christ go to limbo?
...to announce to the souls waiting there the joyful news that He had reopened heaven to mankind.
97. Where was Christ's body while His soul was in limbo?
...Christ's body was in the holy sepulcher.
320. Why is Baptism necessary for the salvation of all men?
...because Christ has said: "Unless a man be born again of water and the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
321. How can those be saved who through no fault of their own have not received the sacrament of Baptism?
Those...can be saved through what is called baptism of blood or baptism of desire.
322. How does an unbaptized person receive the baptism of blood?
...when he suffers martyrdom for the faith of Christ.
323. How does an unbaptized person receive the baptism of desire?
...when he loves God above all things and desires to do all things necessary for his salvation.
My comments: We all know that the Jewish Holy Innocents are in heaven and we have a feast for them during the Octave of Christmas. They fulfill the baptism of blood.
But when Jesus' soul descended to Limbo to set free the just, not those condemned to the eternal flames of hell, like Satan and the fallen angels and anyone else in the hell of eternal damnation, among those just would be the experience of eternity, no? The battle is won and the souls of all the just from all eternity are there, to include all those who through no fault of their own were not baptized!
So if one understands that Limbo as described by the BC is in fact dogma, and that salvation and the winning of the "battle" with Satan is eternal, it just is, like "I AM" then we can say in an eternal way our souls who are just and not condemned are in heaven having been released from limbo. Like the Holy Sacrifice of the Cross is now eternal and celebrated in a temporal way at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, so too are all those who through no fault of their own, to include infants not baptized, now in heaven. They await the resurrection of the body as that which is temporal comes to a conclusion and eternity is all there is.
What baby or fetus would not want to be close to God since they are closest to God and desire to be with Him since He created them? Of course they would choose baptism of desire.
There is only one Limbo and it is for the just and Jesus' emptied it out on Holy Saturday when His soul descended to it--no one is there now!