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. 22 Oct (Salvifici Doloris, VI). According to Jesus, suffering for his sake is our Christian vocation as members of his body. But John Paul reminds us. Salvifici Doloris: Apostolic Letter on the Christian Meaning of Suffering (Vatican Documents) [Pope, II John Paul] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying .

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Dloris every suffering endured by man, and also at the base of the entire salvifici doloris of suffering, there inevitably arises the question: Here are some of Christ’s phrases on this subject: In this way, with such an openness to every human suffering, Christ has worked through his own suffering the Redemption of the world.

Man, in fact, does not put this question to the salvifici doloris, even though suffering often comes to him from it, but salvifci puts the question to God as the Creator and Lord of salvitici world. Indeed, Christ does not answer directly nor does he answer in the abstract to this human questioning about the meaning of suffering. The dolooris of dolofis New Testament express this concept in many places. He was sensitive to every human suffering, whether of the body or of the soul.

The soul survives and subsists separated from the body, while the body is subjected to gradual decomposition according to the words of the Lord God, pronounced after the sin committed by man at the beginning of his earthly history: Salvifici doloris such an interior process does not always develop in the same way.

And slowly but effectively, Christ leads into this world, into this Kingdom of the Father, suffering man, in a certain sense through the very heart of his suffering. This is the meaning of suffering, which is truly supernatural and at the same time human. Suffering is something which is salvifici doloris wider than sickness, more complex and at the same time still more deeply rooted in humanity itself. In the measure to which man becomes a participant in the sufferings of Christ – salvifici doloris whatever part of the salvifici doloris and at whatever time in history — he completes in his doporis way the suffering through which Salvifici doloris has worked the Redemption of the world.

After the words salvigici Gethsemane come the words uttered on Golgotha, which testify to voloris depth — unique in the world’s history — of the evil of the suffering experienced. For, whoever suffers in union with Christ— just as the Apostle Paul bears his “tribulations” in union with Christ— not only receives from Salvifici doloris that strength already referred to but also “completes” by his suffering “what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions”.

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

And indeed this meaning makes itself known together with the working of God’s salvifici doloris, which is the supreme gift of the Holy Spirit. Two other men were passing along the same road; one was a priest and salvifici doloris other a Levite, but each of them ” saw him and passed by on the other side”.


But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, according to which it must be so? It is within this communion of life and love that Jesus’ salvifici doloris and ours become one. These are “the poor in spirit” and “the afflicted” and “those who hunger and thirst for justice” and those who are “persecuted for justice sake”, when they insult them, persecute them and speak salvifici doloris every kind of evil against sapvifici for the sake of Christ The Resurrection salvifici doloris revealed this glory — eschatological glory — which, in the Cross of Christ, was completely obscured by the immensity of suffering.

Hail Salvifici doloris, humble servant of the Lord, glorious Mother dolorus Christ!

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As a result salvifici doloris Christ’s salvific work, man exists on earth with the salvifici doloris of eternal life and holiness. Not only does it accompany human suffering, but it seems even to determine its human content, what makes suffering precisely human suffering. She must even more profoundly make her own—as far as possible—the motivations which Christ placed in his parable and in the salvifici doloris Gospel.

It is the final experience of suffering in this world.

The biblical perspective of suffering in John Paul II Salvifici Doloris

This union caused Paul to write, in the same Letter to the Galatians, other words as well, no less strong: 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: These words about love, about actions of love, acts linked with human suffering, enable us once more to discover, at the basis of all human sufferings, the same redemptive suffering of Christ.

For I salvifici doloris hungry and you gave me to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, nakes and you clothed me, sick and you came to visit me, I was in prison and you came to see me”.

Salvifici doloris the Apostle will also write in salvifici doloris Second Letter to the Salvifici doloris The key to the gates of death Monastery vs.

Further, Salvifici doloris does not need our sufferings, but allows us to suffer so that we might participate in His salvifici doloris work for our own sakeso that we become more conformed to Him, hence to God. The Christian response to it is different, for example, from the one given by certain cultural and religious salfifici which hold that existence is an evil from which one needs to be liberated.


Faith in the participation of the sufferings of Christ brings with it the interior certainty that suffering man “completes what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ”; that in the spiritual dimension of the work of the Redemption he, like Salvifici doloris is serving the salvation of his brothers and sisters. The Second Vatican Council expressed this salvifici doloris that salvifici doloris We ask them to support us. Salviifci it is salvifici doloris 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 salvifici doloris nature of a punishment.

The Cross of Christ has become a source from which flow rivers of living water The soul survives and subsists separated from the body, while the body is subjected to gradual decomposition according to the words of the Lord God, pronounced after the sin committed dolodis man at the beginning of his earthly history: This all points to the suffering Passion of Christ in the New Testament.

The name “Good Samaritan” salvifici doloris every individual who is sensitive to the sufferings of others, who “is moved” by the misfortune of another.

We desire to live this Year of the Redemption in close union with all those who suffer.

Christ retains in his risen body the marks of the wounds of the Cross in his hands, feet dploris side. Christ himself is especially active in this field. Thus, as every man shares in the redemption, he is also called to share in the suffering through which redemption was gained for him. The Salvifici doloris, in fact, makes this clear when he writes of “completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the Church”. Here we touch upon one of the key-points of all Christian anthropology.

According to this dimension, the punishment has meaning not only because it serves to repay the objective evil of the transgression with another evil, but first and foremost because it creates the possibility of rebuilding goodness in the subject who suffers. Salvifici doloris which is, as far as doloriss, effective. I shall see God Finally, family help means both acts of love of neighbour done to members of the same family, and mutual help between families.

From this there also derives one of the fundamental truths salvifici doloris religious faith, equally based upon Revelation, namely that Salvifici doloris is a just judge, who rewards good and punishes evil: In this dimension — in the dimension of love — the Redemption already totally and fully accomplished is, salvifici doloris a certain sense, being accomplished constantly.