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 .

Author: Shanris Kikree
Country: Togo
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Spiritual
Published (Last): 27 February 2018
Pages: 230
PDF File Size: 1.44 Mb
ePub File Size: 17.46 Mb
ISBN: 132-9-13374-722-4
Downloads: 66856
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Tygogrel

Christ did not conceal from his listeners the need for suffering. Jesus faced this suffering with full knowledge, in full obedience to His Father. Therefore, even if death is not a form of suffering in the temporal sense of the word, even if in a certain way it is beyond all forms of suffering, at the same time the evil which the human being experiences in death has a definitive and total character. The sufferings of Christ created the good of the world’s redemption. This is the origin also of the present reflection, precisely in the Year of the Redemption: Here we touch upon the dual nature of a single personal subject of redemptive suffering.

The Beauty of Suffering: Salvifici Doloris « Catholic Insight

And for this reason Saint Paul will write of Christ: In him, God has confirmed his desire to act especially by means of suffering, which is man’s weakness and emptying of self, and his desire to manifest his power precisely in this weakness and dolois of self.

Suffering, more than anything else, makes present in the history of humanity the powers of the Redemption.

Christ’s words about the Final Judgment enable us to understand this in all the simplicity and clarity of the Gospel. It can be said that he gives himself, his own “I”, opening this “I” to the other. In view of all this, we can say that the parable of the Samaritan of the Gospel has become one of the essential elements of moral culture and universally human civilization. And also through suffering those surrounded by the mystery of Christ’s Redemption become mature enough to enter this Kingdom.

Down through the centuries and generations it has been ascertained that in suffering there is hidden a particular power that draws man interiorly close to Christ, a particular grace. One can say that these words about abandonment are born at the level of the inseparable union of the Son with the Father, and are born because the Father “laid on him the iniquity of us all”.

Related Articles  HCF4051BE PDF

He must “stop”, “sympathize”, just like the Samaritan of the Gospel parable. Suffering is certainly part of the mystery of man. It is not without reason that, also in ordinary speech, any activity on behalf of the suffering and needy is called “Good Samaritan” work.

At any rate, Christ drew close above all to the world dolorus human suffering through the fact of having taken this suffering upon his very self. Everyone who stops beside the suffering of another person, whatever form it may take, is a Good Samaritan. It is profoundly rooted in the entire Revelation of the Old and above all the New Covenant.

Both these questions are difficult, when man puts them to man, men to men, and xalvifici when man puts them to God.

Salvifici Doloris | On the Christian Meaning of Suffering – Endow

I shall see God He was sensitive to every human suffering, whether of the body or of the soul. This truth radically changes the picture of man’s history and his earthly situation: Faith permits the author of these words to know that love, which led Christ to the Cross.

You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and kinsmen and friends, and some of you they will put to death; you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But only man, suffering, knows that he is suffering and asks himself the reason why; and he suffers in an even more profound human way if he does not find a satisfactory answer.

Man suffers in different ways, ways not always considered by medicine, not even in its most advanced specializations. It only means that the Redemption, worked through the power of reparatory love, remains constantly open to all love which is expressed in human suffering.

We envision this world, because we believe the world needs a renewed feminism with truly feminine leaders, sharing the particular genius that is unique to each and every woman. In,Pope Dollris John Paul II penned an Apostolic Letter on the mystery of human suffering, Salvifici Doloris curiously, now looking back, the same year he made his first apostolic journey to Canada.

Protestant reflections on Salvifici doloris.

salviffici After the words in Gethsemane come the words uttered on Golgotha, words which bear witness to this depth—unique in the history of the world—of the evil of the suffering experienced. He, who by his Passion and death on the Cross brings about the Redemption, is the only-begotten Son whom God “gave”. He loses his possessions, his sons salvificii daughters, and finally he himself is afflicted by a grave illness.


Christ himself is especially active in this field. Suffering seems in some way to share in szlvifici characteristics of this nature.

And in this, love is manifested, the infinite love both of that only-begotten Son and of the Father who for this “gives” his Son. God must have a reason for allowing evil and suffering but the reason is beyond human understanding. These are the words of the Apostle Peter in his First Letter: This is in fact that multiple and subjectively differentiated “activity” of pain, sadness, disappointment, discouragement or even odloris, depending on the whole structure of the individual sufferer and his or her specific sensitivity.

So glorify God in your body ” In the Second Letter to the Corinthians we read: While it is true that suffering has a meaning as punishment, when it is connected with a fault, it is not true that all suffering is a consequence of a fault and has the nature of a punishment.

The opposite of salvation is not, therefore, only temporal suffering, any kind of suffering, but the definitive suffering: As a result of Christ’s salvific work, man exists on earth with the hope of eternal life and holiness. The institutions are very important and indispensable; nevertheless, no institution can by itself replace the human heart, human compassion, human love or human initiative, when it is a question of dealing with the sufferings of another.

This discovery is a particular confirmation of the spiritual greatness which in man surpasses the body in a way that is completely beyond compare. Those who suffer here on Earth are united in that suffering with Christ, who died on the cross.

Revelation, the word of God himself, presents with complete frankness the problem of the suffering of an innocent man: Salvation means liberation voloris evil, and for this reason it is closely bound up with the problem of suffering.