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

For indeed, this Redemption, even though accomplished in all its fullness by the suffering of Christ, lives and develops at the same time in its own way in the history of man. The Apostle shares his own discovery and rejoices in it because of all those whom it can help—just as it helped him—to understand the salvific meaning of suffering.

The World of Human Suffering nn. At the same time, however, from this level of Christ the salvific meaning of suffering descends to man’s level and becomes, in a sense, the individual’s personal response.

If the first great chapter of the Gospel of suffering is written down through the generations by those who suffer persecutions for Christ, at the same time as this another great chapter of this Gospel unfolds through the course of history. The suffering has the character of a test. Voluntary activity of the samaritan work is realised by way of appropriate milieux or through organizations created for this purpose.

The Good Salvifiic is the man capable of exactly such a gift of self. Saint Paul speaks of such joy in the Letter to the Colossians: In the Body of Christ, which is dolois born of the Cross 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 aalvifici world.


The Beauty of Suffering: Salvifici Doloris

The first and second parts dolorsi Christ’s statement on the Final Judgment indicate without ambiguity how essential they are, fin the perspective of the eternal life of each man of every individual, to “stop”, as the Good Samaritan did, at the suffering of one’s neighbour, to have “compassion” for it, and finally to give help. Thus, although the world of suffering exists “in dispersion”, at the same time it contains dolrois itself a singular challenge to communion and solidarity.

Therefore, the conscious and free violation of this good by man is not only a transgression swlvifici the law but at the same time an offence against the Creator, who is the first Lawgiver. The Good Samaritan is every doolris who stops beside the suffering of another man, whatever it may be. Why is there evil in the world? Let there savlifici gather beneath the Cross all people of good will, for on this Cross is the “Redeemer of man”, the Man of Sorrows, who has taken upon himself the physical and moral sufferings of the people of all times, so that in love they may find the salvific meaning of their sorrow and valid answers to all of their questions.

God gives his only-begotten Son so that man “should not perish” and the meaning of these words ” should not perish” is precisely specified by the words that follow: Man hears Christ’s salvific answer in the measure to which he himself is a participant in the sufferings of Christ.

The Beauty of Suffering: Salvifici Doloris « Catholic Insight

For the God of Revelation is first of all the Creator, from whom comes, together with existence, the essential good of creation. Gethsemane is the place where precisely this suffering, in all the truth expressed by the Prophet concerning the evil experienced in it, is revealed as it were definitively before the eyes of Christ’s soul.

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 it were definitively before the eyes of the soul of Christ. The story of this just man, who without any fault of his own is tried by innumerable sufferings, is well known.


And for this reason St Paul will write of Christ: The Good Samaritan gives his all, even his very self, for the suffering other. And we ask all of you who suffer to support us. On the Cross, Christ reached and realized his mission in all its fullness: Christians also pray for those who suffer and try to help them.

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

To the prospect of the Kingdom of God is linked hope in that glory which has its beginning in the Cross of Christ. The mystery of the Redemption of the world is in an amazing way rooted in suffering, and this suffering in turn finds in the mystery of the Redemption its supreme and surest point of reference.

And this is the virtue of perseverance, in bearing whatever disturbs and causes harm. The eloquence of the Cross and death is, however, completed by the eloquence of the Resurrection. The document aims to reconcile suffering and pain with the belief in a loving God.

If Salvfiici, connoisseur of the interior of man, underlines this compassion, this means that it is important for our whole attitude in front of another’s suffering. Always, in fact, we who are living, we are continually delivered up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh The mystery of the Church—that body which completes in itself also Christ’s crucified and risen body—indicates at the same time the space or context in which human sufferings complete the sufferings of Christ.