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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In bringing about the Redemption through suffering, Christ has also raised human suffering to the level of the Redemption. But only the suffering human being knows that he is suffering and wonders why; and he suffers in a humanly speaking still deeper way if he does not find a satisfactory answer. Here are some of Christ’s phrases on this subject: To the Gospel of suffering there also belongs—and in an organic way—the parable of the Good Samaritan.
The Beauty of Suffering: Salvifici Doloris
This undoubtedly proves that man today stops with ever greater and closer attention at the sufferings of their neighbour, seeks to understand them and deal with them with ever greater skill.
The opinion expressed salvifiic Job’s friends manifests a conviction also found in the moral conscience of humanity: In the measure to which man becomes a participant in the sufferings of Christ – salvirici whatever part of the world and at whatever time in history — he completes in his own way the suffering through which Christ has worked the Redemption of the world.
In the Paschal Mystery Christ began the union with man in the community of the Church. The point of reference in this case is the doctrine expressed in other Old Testament writings which show us suffering as punishment inflicted by God for human sins. They attest to that depth and intensity which the prophetic words quoted above help us in their own way to understand: In the midst of what constitutes the psychological form of suffering there is always an experience of evil, which causes the individual to suffer.
Through human suffering, men find their identity in themselves and in Christ.
The Apostle Paul will say: How much there is of “the Good Samaritan” in the profession of the doctor, or the nurse, or others similar! He puts his whole heart into it, nor does he spare material means. The eloquence of the Cross and death is, however, completed by the eloquence of the Resurrection.
One could certainly extend the list of the forms of suffering that have encountered human sensitivity, compassion and help, or that have failed to do so. To them, the Donegal family, the passengers waiting in the check-in line at the Brussels airport, those unlucky enough to still be stuck in Syria, were all in the dolorjs place at the wrong time.
However, the Good Samaritan of Christ’s parable does not sslvifici at sympathy and compassion alone. As all have been called to “complete” with their own suffering “what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ”.
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Man suffers because of a good in which he soloris not share. Christ, – without do,oris fault of his own – took on himself “the total evil of sin”.
In the eyes of the just God, before his judgment, those who share in the suffering of Christ become worthy of this Kingdom. Settle it therefore in your minds, not to meditate beforehand how to answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.
And this circumstance too clearly favours the attention it deserves during this period.
It can be said that the above considerations now brings us directly to Gethsemane and Golgotha, where the Song of the Suffering Servant, contained in the Book of Isaiah, was fulfilled.
Take part with your suffering in this work of the salvation of the world, which is accomplished by way of my own suffering! A source of joy is found in the overcoming of the sense of the uselessness of suffering, a feeling that is sometimes very strongly rooted in human suffering.
Previous Post Previous Back in the ring. Human suffering in itself constitutes as it were a specific “world” which exists together with man, which appears in him and passes, and sometimes does not pass, but which consolidates itself and becomes deeply rooted in him. Even the very point of departure differs: The prophet, who has rightly been called “the fifth evangelist”, presents in this Song an image of the sufferings of the Servant with a realism as acute as if he were seeing them with his own eyes: In certain times in our history, suffering seems to be greatly concentrated, such as during famines or wars.
The answer which comes through such a participation, along the way of the interior encounter with the Master, is in itself something more than the mere abstract answer to the questioning about the meaning of suffering.
Christ goes towards his Passion and death with full awareness of the mission that he has to fulfil precisely in this way.
Protestant reflections on Salvifici doloris. – PubMed – NCBI
Precisely to you who are weak we ask you to become a source of force for the Church and for humanity. This is not all: If a man becomes a participant in the sufferings of Christ, this happens because Christ has opened his suffering to man, because he himself in his redemptive suffering has become, in a certain sense, a participant in all human sufferings. Therefore, even if death is not a 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 sslvifici which the human being experiences in death has a definitive and total character.
And this circumstance too clearly favours the attention it deserves during this period. In her, the numerous and intense sufferings were accumulated with such a cohesion and in such dloris interconnected way that they were not only as if a proof of her unshakeable faith, but also a contribution to the redemption of all. In this love the salvific meaning of suffering is realized to the very end and reaches its definitive dimension.
Each one is also called to share in that suffering through which the Redemption was accomplished.