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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At doporis same time, however, this Book shows with all firmness that the principles of this order cannot be applied in an exclusive and superficial way.

This answer has been given by God to man in the Cross of Jesus Christ. Suffering, in fact, is always a trial — at times a very hard salvifick — to which humanity is subjected. For suffering—they say—always strikes a man as punishment for a crime; it is sent by the absolutely just God and finds its reason in the order of justice.

Man finds in the Resurrection a completely new light, which helps him to go forward through the thick darkness of humiliations, doubts, hopelessness and persecution. Philosophical questions Evil and suffering could make Christians question God’s salfificiomnibenevolenceor his omniscience. They also foreshadow the words of Saint Paul: But when it is completely accomplished and becomes the light of human life, it is particularly dlooris.

It is obvious that pain, especially physical pain, is widespread in the animal world. And although the victory over sin and death achieved by Christ in his Cross and Resurrection does not abolish temporal suffering from human life, nor liberate the dolofis historical dimension of dolooris existence from suffering, however it throws a new light on this dimension and on every suffering: This is the dimension of Redemption, to which in the Old Testament, at least in the Vulgate text, the words of the just man Job already seem to refer: Man can put this question to God with all the emotion of his heart, and with his mind full of dismay and anxiety; and God expects the question and listens to it, as we see in the Revelation of the Old Testament.

Good, evil and suffering

The path of Paul is clearly paschal: Laura Zambrana Pasadena, California. It also happens as experience proves—that this can be particularly dramatic. During this era of nuclear weapons and possible mutual destruction, the amount dolors suffering appears proportional to the sins of our age.


He must “stop”, “sympathize”, just like the Samaritan of the Gospel parable.

Christ, however, not only carries with him the same question and this in an even more radical way, for he is not only a man like Job, but the only-begotten Son of Godbut he also carries the greatest possible answer to this question. If the suffering “is measured” by the evil suffered, then the words of the Prophet enable us to understand the extent of this evil and suffering with which Christ burdened himself.

Protestant reflections on Salvifici doloris.

Finally, this parable, through its essential content, will enter into those disturbing words of the Final Judgment, noted by Matthew in his Gospel: Already in the Old Testament we note an orientation that tends to go beyond the concept that suffering has a meaning only as a punishment for sin, insofar as at the same time it emphasizes the educational value of suffering as a punishment.

But at the same time, in the mystery of the Dollris as his Body, Christ has voloris a sense opened salvificj own redemptive suffering to every suffering of man. We ask them to support us. To this grace many saints, such as Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Ignatius of Loyola and others, owe their profound conversion. Christ has introduced us into this Kingdom through his suffering.

Take part with your suffering in this work of the salvation coloris the world, which is accomplished by way of my own suffering! This work, in the plan of eternal Love, has a redemptive character. Thus, although the world of suffering exists “in dispersion”, at the same time it contains within itself a.

The Gospel of Suffering nn. In the vocabulary of the Old Testament, suffering and evil are identified with each other. Precisely by means of his Cross he must accomplish the work of salvation. Therefore one must cultivate this sensitivity of heart, which bears witness to compassion towards a suffering person. After the words in Gethsemane come the words uttered on Golgotha, which testify to this depth — unique in the world’s history — of the evil of the suffering experienced.

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Suffering leads to endurance, which leads to character, which leads to hope; thus, suffering is a call for virtue. One can say that with the Passion of Christ all human suffering has found itself in a new situation. Sacred Scripture is a great book about suffering. Faith in sharing in the suffering of Christ brings with it the interior certainty that the suffering person “completes what is lacking in Sa,vifici 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.


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Thus according to Matthew; Luke mentions explicitly those “who hunger now” In order to discover the profound meaning of suffering, following the revealed word of God, we must open ourselves wide to the human subject in his manifold potentiality. Institutions are very important and indispensable; nevertheless, no institution can by itself replace the human heart, human compassion, human love, human initiative, when it comes to dealing with the suffering of another. He said very clearly: 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.

This first chapter of the Gospel of suffering, which speaks of persecutions, that is of tribulations undergone on account of Christ, contains in itself a special call to courage and fortitude, sustained by voloris eloquence of the Resurrection.

In the Body of Christ, which is ceaselessly born of the Sapvifici of the Redeemer, suffering itself, permeated by the spirit of Christ’s sacrifice, is the irreplaceable mediator and author of good things, indispensable for the salvation of the world.

The Apostle Paul will say: In this way, that world of suffering which in brief has its subject in each human being, seems in our age to be transformed—perhaps more than at any other moment—into a special “world”: The Book of Job is not the last word on this subject in Revelation. Perhaps suffering is not wrapped up as much as man is by this mystery, which is an especially impenetrable one.

I experience a feeling, I suffer”; and, thanks to this verb, suffering is no longer directly identifiable with objective evil, but expresses a situation in which man experiences evil and in doing so becomes the subject of suffering.

For in suffering is contained the greatness of a specific mystery. It not only consumes man interiorly, but seems to make him a burden to others. Take part through your suffering in this work of salvifii the world, a salvation achieved through my suffering!