And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.
THE ABANDONMENT BY GOD was suffered by our Lord in satisfaction for our sins, whereby we have forsaken God and deserved to be eternally separated from, and rejected by Him. By this suffering He merited precious graces for us, by means of which we can overcome temptations to faint-heartedness or despair.
[From 'A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture' by Bishop Knecht, D.D.]
(1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)