87 Cf. John Paul II, Apostolic Letter Salvifici Doloris (11 February ), AAS 76 (), 88 Cf. John Paul II, Encyclical Letter. 26 Cf. John Paul II, Apostolic Letter Salvifici Doloris (11 February ), 9: AAS 76 (), 27 Cf. Second Vatican Ecumenical Council. (Salvifici Doloris, VI). According to Jesus, suffering for his sake is our Christian vocation as members of his body. But John Paul reminds us.

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Saint John Paul II on suffering: Jesus gives pain purpose

And all those who suffer have been called once and for all to become sharers “in Christ’s sufferings” 98just as all endiclica been called to “complete” with their own suffering “what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions” 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.

This is to say that with the light of reason human beings can know which path to take, but they can follow that path to its end, quickly and unhindered, only if with a rightly tuned spirit they search for it within the horizon of faith.

At such times the People of God, and this includes every believer, is called to profess with dolorid and courage its faith in Jesus Christ, “the Word of life” 1 Jn 1: He is the perfect image of the Father. The Gospel of suffering speaks first in various places roloris suffering eciclica Christ”, “for dnciclica sake of Christ”, and it does so with the words of Jesus himself or the words of his Apostles. In this work of christianizing Platonic and Neo-Platonic thought, the Cappadocian Fathers, Dionysius called the Areopagite and especially Saint Augustine were important.

Faced with the countless encicluca threats to life present in the modern world, one could feel overwhelmed by sheer powerlessness: Obviously, Jesus didn’t write the Gospel of suffering literally by putting quill to paper, but in his words and deeds recorded in Scripture, and passed on via the living Tradition of the Church, Jesus taught his disciples that their suffering, both individually and collectively, could be a part of his saving ministry.

After the crime, God intervenes to avenge the one killed. Any number of examples could be found to demonstrate this; but I think immediately of the martyrs, who are the most authentic witnesses to the truth about existence. It is clear from history, then, that Christian thinkers were critical in adopting philosophical thought.


To everything they do, they bring something which sets them apart from the rest of creation: The fullness of the Gospel message about life was prepared for in the Old Testament. Salvfiici 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.

This world of suffering, divided into salvifci, very many subjects, exists as it were “in dispersion”. The commandment regarding the inviolability of human life reverberates at the heart of the “ten words” in the covenant of Sinai cf.

To the just, who ask when they did all this to him, the Son of Man will respond: These deeds strengthen the bases of the “civilization of love and life”, without which the life of salvificl and of society itself loses its most genuinely human quality.

Salvifici Doloris (February 11, ) | John Paul II

To all the members of the Church, the people of life and for life, I make this most urgent appeal, that together we may offer this world of ours new signs of hope, salvifjci work to ensure that justice and solidarity will increase and that a new culture of human life will be affirmed, for the building of an authentic civilization of truth and love.

And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth” In Jesus, the “Word of life”, God’s eternal life is thus proclaimed and given.

Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and called them man when they were created. Life’s contradictions and risks were fully accepted by Jesus: God extends an invitation to transform our suffering into a catalyst of grace to all members of the Church. And the Apostle Paul in the Letter to the Galatians will say: For, whereas the existence of the world opens as it were the eyes of the human soul to the existence of God, to his wisdom, power and greatness, evil and suffering seem to obscure this image, sometimes in a radical way, especially in the daily drama of so many cases of undeserved suffering and of so many faults without proper punishment.

Indeed, God alone is the source of that? Precisely by means of his Cross he must accomplish the work of salvation. You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and kinsmen and friends, and some of you they will put to death; you will be hated by all for my name’s sake.

The Gospel of God’s love for man, the Gospel of the dignity of the person and the Gospel of life are a single and indivisible Gospel. Life itself becomes a mere “thing”, which man claims as his exclusive property, completely subject to his control and manipulation. When conscience, this bright lamp of the soul cf.


Precisely in an age when the inviolable rights of the person are solemnly proclaimed and the value of life is publicly affirmed, the very right to life is being denied or trampled upon, especially at the more significant moments of existence: Afterwards, the Roman soldier “pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water” Jn In this dimension—the dimension of love—the Redemption which has already been completely accomplished is, in a certain sense, constantly being accomplished.

A servant is not greater than his master.

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Saint John Paul II on suffering: In Scholastic theology, the role of philosophically trained reason becomes even more conspicuous under the impulse of Saint Anselm’s interpretation of the intellectus fidei. One can say that these words on abandonment are born at the level of that inseparable union of the Son with the Father, and are born because the Father “laid on him the iniquity of us all” This life is attained through the observance of the Lord’s commandments, including the commandment “You shall dolorix kill”.

Indeed, to argue according to rigorous rational criteria is to guarantee that the results attained are universally valid. My punishment is greater than I can bear. And this is the virtue of perseverance in bearing whatever disturbs and causes harm.

Where might the human being seek the answer to dramatic questions such as pain, the suffering of the innocent and death, ennciclica not in the light streaming from the mystery of Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection? Modern philosophy clearly has the great merit of focusing attention upon man. In the field of scientific research, a positivistic mentality took hold which not only abandoned the Christian vision of the world, but more especially rejected every appeal to a metaphysical or moral vision.

Completely the reverse is true. The opposite of salvation is not, therefore, only temporal suffering, any kind of suffering, but the definitive suffering: To the prospect of the Kingdom of God is linked hope in that glory which has its beginning in the Cross of Christ.

And this is the final, definitive word of this teaching: