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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But how then should the scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so? If, in fact the existence of the world opens so to say the eyes of the human soul to the existence of God, to his wisdom, his power and his greatness, evil and suffering seem to obscure this image, sometimes in a diloris way, and even more when on sees the daily drama of so much suffering when there’s been no fault and of so many faults without proper punishment.

In her, the numerous and intense sufferings were accumulated with such a cohesion and in such an interconnected way that they were not only as if a proof of her unshakeable faith, but also a contribution to the redemption of all. Here, he presents before us the true Man of Sorrows: This good in itself is inexhaustible and infinite. Suffering is something which is still wider than sickness, more complex and at the same time still more deeply rooted in humanity itself.

Why is there evil? Through the Resurrection, he manifests the 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 and sends forth. In reality, from the time of her secret conversation with the angel, she began to see in her mission as a mother her “destiny” to share, in a singular and unrepeatable way, in the very mission of her Son.

But such an interior process does not always develop in the same way. This stopping does not mean curiosity but availability. This suffering, together with the living word of his teaching, became an abundant source for all those who took part in the sufferings of Jesus in the first generation of his disciples and confessors and then in those who succeeded them in the course of the centuries. A certain idea of this problem comes to us from the distinction between physical suffering and moral suffering.


Salvifici Doloris (February 11, ) | John Paul II

salviifci For, before the Lord, Satan had challenged the righteousness of Job: 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. Man cannot “fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself” And he does this on the basis of his own opinion.

Precisely by means of his Cross he must accomplish the work of salvation. The opposite sentence will touch those who have behaved differently: This world of suffering, divided into many, numerous subjects, exists as it were “in dispersion”. We ask them to support us.

He loses his possessions, his sons and daughters, and finally he himself is afflicted by a grave sickness. Cum autem careat lingua Hebraica verbo Graecae formae diloris, idcirco fortasse verbum id raro in versione a Septuaginta occurrit.

Suffering, in fact, is always a trial— at times a very hard one—to which humanity is subjected. In him God has confirmed his desire to act especially through suffering, which is man’s weakness and emptying of self, and he wishes to make his power known precisely in this weakness and emptying of self. And the more the Church feels the need to have recourse to the value of human sufferings for the salvation of the world.

Voluntary activity of the samaritan work is realised by way of appropriate milieux or through organizations created for this purpose. 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 dolois mortal flesh In suffering is contained as it were a particular call to virtue, which man must exercise on his own part.

Christ suffers voluntarily and suffers innocently. It testifies that the revelation on the part of Christ about the salvific meaning of suffering is not salviici in any way with an attitude of passivity.

Protestant reflections on Salvifici doloris.

The name “Good Samaritan” fits every individual who is sensitive to the sufferings of others, who “is moved” by the misfortune of another. Finally, family help means both acts of love of neighbour done to people of the same family, and mutual help between families. So glorify God in your body ” It is written by all those who suffer with Christ, uniting their dolorris human sufferings to his salvific suffering.

Saint Paul speaks of various sufferings and, in particular, of those in which the first Christians became participants “for the sake of Jesus”. The Gospel of suffering signifies not only the presence of suffering in the Gospel, as one of the themes of the Good News, but also the revelation of the salvific power and salvific significance of suffering in the messianic mission of Christ and, subsequently, in the mission and vocation of the Church.


In so doing, man releases hope, which maintains in him the conviction that suffering will not prevail over him, will not deprive him of his own dignity as a man, a dignity united to the awareness of the meaning of life. By oppression and unjust sentence he was taken away; Among his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, he was stricken for the transgression of his people.

Man cannot “fully find himself except by way of a sincere gift of himself”. In the end, God himself reproves Job’s friends for their accusations and recognizes that Job is not guilty. She must even more profoundly make her own—as far as possible—the motivations which Christ placed in his parable and in the whole Gospel.

In bringing about the Redemption through suffering, Christ has also raised human suffering to the level of the Redemption. And at the same time this Son who is consubstantial with the Father suffers as a man.

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.

Christ leaves this redemptive suffering open so that it can be completed in us. It lives and develops as the body of Christ, which is the Church, and in this dimension every human suffering, by virtue of the union in the love of Christ, completes the suffering of Christ. And Christ through his own salvific suffering is very much present in every human suffering, and can act from within that suffering by the powers of his Spirit of truth, his consoling Spirit.

Even though Paul, in the Letter to the Romans, wrote dolotis “the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now” 3even though man knows and is close to the sufferings of the animal world, nevertheless what we express by the word “suffering” seems to be particularly essential to the nature of man.