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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The Beauty of Suffering: Salvifici Doloris
Institutions are very important and indispensable; nevertheless, no institution can by itself replace the human heart, human compassion, human love, human initiative, when it comes to dealing with the suffering of another. Here, he presents before us the true Man of Dolofis This is the meaning of suffering, which is truly supernatural and at the same time human.
Those who participate in the sufferings of Christ are also called, through their own sufferings, to take part in glory. Those who share in the sufferings of Christ preserve in their own sufferings a very special particle of the infi nite treasure of the world’s Redemption, and can share this treasure with others. Elsewhere he addresses to his recipients salifici of encouragement: This parable witnesses to the fact that Christ’s revelation of the salvific meaning of suffering is in no way identified with an attitude of passivity.
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At one and the same time Christ has taught man to do good by his suffering and to do good to those who suffer. Suffering seems to partipate in salvifjci way in the characteristics of this nature. Two other men passed along the same road; one was a priest and the other a Levite, but each of them ” saw him and passed by on the other side”. Very clearly he said: Sacred Scripture is a great book about suffering.
The mission of the only-begotten Son consists in conquering sin and death.
Looking at all of this, we can say that the parable of the Samaritan of the Gospel has become one of the essential components of moral culture and universally human civilization. He loses his possessions, his sons and daughters, and finally he himself is afflicted by a grave sickness.
The more he shares in this love, man rediscovers himself more and more fully in suffering: These words seem to be found at the end of the long road that winds through the suffering which forms part of the history of man and which is illuminated by the Word of God. The joy comes from the discovery of the meaning of suffering, and this discovery, even if it is most personally shared in by Salvkfici of Tarsus who wrote these words, is at the same time valid for others.
In the Paschal Mystery, Christ inaugurates the union with man in the community of the Church. Obviously pain, especially physical pain, is widespread in the animal world. These two reasons seem to draw particularly close to each other and join together on the theme of suffering: He was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was salvifivi chastisement that gave us salvation, and with his stripes we are healed. These words, spoken by Christ in his conversation with Nicodemus, introduce us into the very centre of God’s salvific work.
Suffering is something even more extensive than sickness, more complex and at the same time still more deeply rooted in humanity itself. We desire to live this Year of the Redemption in close union with all those who suffer. I read your summary first, then read the Apostolic Letter, and reread you summary.
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. 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. The motif of suffering and glory has a strictly evangelical characteristic, which becomes clear by reference to the Cross and the Resurrection.
A Good Samaritan is the person capable of exactly such a gift of self.
The name “Good Samaritan” fits every individual who is sensitive to the sufferings of others, who “is moved” by the misfortune of another. We see our role as a place of encouragement and of community, educating women from all walks of life to grow in knowledge through our study guides, to experience and encounter who they are, to discover their purpose and to share with each other so they might go forth, presenting themselves renewed, full of life and hope, to the people around them.
Here are some of Christ’s statements on this subject: 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 salbifici justice. Salvifico Explore Our Studies All studies. At the same time, it is not possible to ignore the fact that it constitutes as it were a definitive summing-up of the destructive work both in the bodily organism and in the psyche.
Protestant reflections on Salvifici doloris.
But at the same time, in the mystery of the Church as his Body, Christ has in a sense opened his own redemptive suffering to all human suffering. It is he himself who acts at the heart of human sufferings by way his Spirit of truth, by way of the Spirit Consolator. A servant is not foloris than his master.
This puts into relief the divine-human nature of the Church.
While the first great chapter of the Gospel of suffering is written down, as the generations pass, by those who suffer persecutions for Christ’s sake, simultaneously another great chapter of this Gospel unfolds through the course of history.