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He himself is present in this suffering person, since his salvific suffering has been opened once and for all to every human suffering. The second half of our century, in its turn, brings with it—as though in proportion to the mistakes and transgressions of our contemporary civilization—such a horrible threat of nuclear war that we cannot think of this period except in terms of an incomparable accumulation of sufferings, even to the possible self-destruction of humanity.

It is as deep as man himself, precisely because it manifests in its own way that depth which is proper to man, and in its own way surpasses it. Want to Read saving…. To the prospect of the Kingdom of God is linked hope in that glory which has its beginning in the Cross of Christ. About the theme of suffering these two reasons seem to draw particularly close to each other and to become one: Christ, – without any fault of his own – took on himself “the total evil of sin”.

Salvifici Doloris (February 11, ) | John Paul II

But in general pablp can be said that almost always the individual enters suffering with a typically human protest and with the question “why”. Yes, suffering has been singularly present in that victory over the world which was manifested juxn the Resurrection.

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 pab,o continually chooses and sends forth. Here we touch upon one of the key-points of all Christian anthropology. 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.

On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering: Salvifici Doloris by John Paul II

These words, spoken by Christ in his conversation with Nicodemus, introduce us into the very heart of God’s salvific work. By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people?


Truly one of the most excellent works on the mystery that is human suffering. Man suffers in different ways, ways not always considered by medicine, not even in its most advanced specializations.

Life is full of ups and downs but in the midst of them there’s always dolkris loving God waiting for your unconditional surrender to his plans for your life.

Suffering as it were contains a special call to the virtue which man must exercise on his own part.

In itself human suffering 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. This answer has been given by God to man in the Cross of Jesus Christ. And again, after the events of her Son’s hidden and public life, events which she must have shared with acute sensitivity, it was on Calvary that Mary’s suffering, beside the suffering of Jesus, reached an intensity which can hardly be imagined from a human point of view but which was mysterious and supernaturally fruitful for the redemption of the world.

Here we come to the enormous importance of having the right attitudes in education. For suffering—they say—always strikes a man as punishment for a crime; it is sent by the absolutely just God and finds its reason in the order of justice.

In the Cross of Christ not only is the Redemption accomplished through suffering, but also human suffering itself has been redeemed.

And we ask all you who suffer to support us. When one says that Christ by his mission strikes at evil at its very roots, we have in mind not only evil and definitive, eschatological suffering so that man “should not perish, but have eternal life”but also—at least indirectly toil and suffering in their temporal and historical dimension.

People who suffer become similar to one another through the analogy of their situation, the trial of their destiny, or through their need for understanding and care, and perhaps above all through the persistent question of the meaning of suffering.

It is a vocation. Therefore, the conscious and free violation of this good by man is not only a transgression of the law but at the same time an offence against the Creator, who is the first Lawgiver.


This will be a time for you to bear testimony. Sharers in the Suffering of Christ 6. Behold, the true Man of Sorrows presents himself before us: The motif of suffering and glory has a strictly evangelical characteristic, which becomes clear by reference to the Cross and the Resurrection.

On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering: Salvifici Doloris

Therefore I will divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out his soul to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors”. 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.

Christ goes toward his own suffering, aware of its saving power; he goes forward in obedience to the Father, but primarily he is united to the Father in this love with which he has loved the world and man in the world.

Proof of this has been given, down through the generations, by the martyrs and confessors of Christ, faithful to the words: 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.

Sacred Scripture is a great book about suffering. Man, discovering through faith the redemptive suffering of Christ, also discovers in it his own sufferings; he rediscovers them, through faith, enriched with a new content and new meaning.

Therefore, only he—the only-begotten Son—is capable of embracing the measure of evil contained in the jusn of man: The soul survives and subsists separated from the body, while li body is subjected to gradual decomposition according to the words of the Lord God, pronounced after the sin committed by man at dolorsi beginning of his earthly history: In later times, the witnesses of the New Covenant, sealed in the Blood of Christ, will speak of this.

The name “Good Samaritan” fits every salvifkci who is sensitive to the sufferings of others, who “is moved” by the misfortune of another. Christ does not explain in the abstract the reasons for suffering, but before all else he says: