Salvifici Doloris. Pope St John Paul II’s apostolic letter on the salvific meaning of suffering, which JPII gave us on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, 11 February. Pope John Paul II outlined the importance and role of suffering and evil and how love is borne out of it in Salvifici Doloris, a document that responds to the. Having familiarized ourselves with the person of John Paul II, his thinking and writings, this apostolic letter invites women to approach the question of why God .

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It removes our experience of evil, but is also the worst evil. But precisely through this suffering he accomplishes the Redemption, and can say as he breathes his last: She likewise bows down before it in all the depth of that faith with which she embraces within herself the inexpressible mystery of the Body of Christ.

And at the same time it has entered into a completely new dimension and a new order: In treating the human person as a psychological and physical “whole”, the Old Testament often links “moral” sufferings with the pain of specific parts of the body: Faith enables the author of these words to know that love which led Christ to the Cross.

You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relative and friends, and some of you will be put to death; you will be hated by everyone because of my name.

Salvifici Doloris – John Paul II’s letter on the salvific meaning of suffering – Totus2us

It can be said that man suffers whenever he experiences any kind of evil. The very participation in Christ’s suffering finds, in these apostolic salvific, as it were a twofold dimension.

Suffering is, in itself, a trial of evil. In the pages of the Letters of St Paul is often spoken to us this gospel paradox of weakness and strength, a paradox particularly experienced by the Apostle himself and together with him by all who participate in Christ’s sufferings.

We here find ourselves—and we must clearly realize this in our shared reflection on this problem—faced with a completely new dimension of our theme. A result of such a conversion is not only that the individual discovers the salvific meaning of suffering but above all that he becomes a completely new person. Suffering provides an opportunity for grace.


The Beauty of Suffering: Salvifici Doloris

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed in us” By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? Christ goes toward his own suffering, aware of its saving power; he goes forward in obedience to the Father, but primarily he is united to the Father in this love with which he has loved the world and man in the world.

The mystery of the Church is expressed in this: We are not allowed to “pass by on the other side” indifferently, but we must “stop” beside him. He must “stop”, “sympathize”, just like the Samaritan of the Gospel parable.

Through the Resurrection, he manifests dolors victorious power of suffering, and he wishes to imbue with the conviction of this power the hearts of those whom he chose as Apostles and those whom he continually chooses dolois sends forth. Gethsemane is the place where precisely this suffering, in all the truth expressed by the prophet about the evil experienced in it, is revealed as salcifici were definitively before the eyes of the soul of Christ.

The purpose of penance is to overcome evil, which under different forms lies dormant in man, and to strengthen goodness both in man himself and in his relations with others and especially with God. The opposite of salvation is not, therefore, only temporal suffering, any kind of suffering, but definitive suffering: He salcifici sensitive to every human suffering, whether of the body or of the soul.

Both questions are difficult, when an individual puts them to another individual, when people put them to other people, as also when man puts them to God. During this era of nuclear weapons and possible mutual destruction, the amount of suffering appears proportional to the sins of our age. He particularly suffers when he ‘ought’ — in the normal order of things — to partake in this good and does not.


If they persecuted me they will persecute salvifii The texts of the New Testament express this concept in many places.

Summary of Salvifici Doloris (on the Christian meaning of human suffering)

At the same time this Son who is consubstantial with the Father suffers as a man. The parable in itself expresses a deeply Christian truth, but one that at the same time is very universally human. Faith in sharing in the suffering of Christ brings with it the interior certainty that the suffering person “completes what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions”; the certainty that in the spiritual dimension of the work of Redemption he is serving, like Christ, the salvation of his brothers and sisters.

Furthermore, he cannot help noticing that the one to whom he puts the question is himself suffering and wishes to answer him from the Cross, from the heart of his own suffering.

Faith in the participation of the sufferings of Christ brings with it the interior certainty that suffering man “completes what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ”; that in the spiritual dimension of the work of the Redemption he, like Christ is serving the salvation of his brothers and sisters. Those who participate in the sufferings of Christ retain in their own sufferings a most special particle of the infinite treasure of the world’s Redemption, and they can share this treasure with others.

This response, like others that reappear in different points of the Gospel, shows how profoundly Christ was imbued by the thought that he had already expressed in the conversation with Nicodemus: Sacred Scripture is a great book about suffering. The World of Human Suffering nn. And when he left, he solicitously entrusted the suffering man to the care of the innkeeper, promising to meet the necessary expenses.