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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 salvfici pass, but which consolidates itself and becomes deeply rooted in him. Christ’s Resurrection has revealed “the diloris of the future age” and, at the same time, has confirmed “the boast of the Cross”: This is not all: She truly has a special title to be able to claim that she “completes in her flesh”—as already in her heart—”what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions “.

The Suffering Servant—and this in its turn is essential for an analysis of Christ’s Passion— takes on himself those sufferings which were spoken of, in a totally voluntary way: It is he himself who acts at the heart of human sufferings through his Spirit of truth, ji the consoling Spirit.

These words, spoken by Christ in his conversation with Nicodemus, introduce us into the very heart of God’s salvific work. With these and similar words the witnesses of the New Covenant speak of the greatness salvlfici the Redemption, accomplished through the suffering of Christ. As a result of Christ’s salvific work, man exists on earth with the hope of eternal life and holiness.

On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering: Salvifici Doloris

At the same time, however, this Book shows with all firmness that the principles of this order cannot be applied in an exclusive and superficial way. Suffering seems to belong to man’s transcendence: In the messianic programme of Christ, which is at the same time the programme of the Kingdom of God, suffering is present in the world in order to release love, in order to give birth to works of love towards neighbour, in order to transform the whole of human civilization into a “civilization of love”.

Thus to share in the sufferings of Christ is, at the same time, to suffer for the Kingdom of God. However, this interior process does not always follow the same pattern. Not of course completely for this we would have to penetrate the divine-human mystery of the subjectbut at least they help us to understand that difference and at the same time the similarity which exists between every possible form of human suffering and the suffering of the God-man. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed.


He conquers sin by his obedience unto death, and he overcomes death by his Resurrection. These persecutions and tribulations will also be, as it were, a particular proof of likeness to Christ and union with him. According to the words spoken to Nicodemus, God gives his Son to “the world” to free man from evil, which bears within itself the definitive and absolute perspective on suffering.

And at the same time he taught, and at the heart of his teaching there are the eight beatitudes, which are addressed to people tried by various sufferings in their temporal life. And even though the victory over sin and death achieved by Christ in his Cross and Resurrection does not abolish temporal suffering from human life, nor free from suffering the whole historical dimension of human existence, it nevertheless throws a new light upon this dimension and upon every suffering: And all those who suffer have been called once and for all to become sharers “in Christ’s sufferings” 98just as all have been called to “complete” with their own suffering “what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions” And in this, love is manifested, the infinite love both of that only-begotten Son and of the Father who for this reason “gives” his Son.

Christ has overcome the world definitively by his Resurrection. He promulgated the Catechism of the Catholic Church in the light of Tradition as authoritatively interpreted by the Second Vatican Council.

Those who share in Christ’s sufferings have before their eyes the Paschal Mystery of the Cross and Resurrection, in which Christ descends, in a first phase, to the ultimate limits of human weakness and impotence: This is the meaning of suffering, which is truly supernatural and at the same time human.

Some times this compassion remains the only or principal expression of our love for and solidarity with the sufferer.

In the wake of his victory over sin, he also takes away the dominion of death, by his Resurrection beginning the process of the future resurrection of the body. And at the same time this Son who is consubstantial with the Father suffers as a man.

Conor rated it really liked it Jan 23, Somewhat difficult to read. God gives his only-begotten Son so that man “should not perish” and the meaning of these words ” should not perish” is precisely specified by the words that follow: This chapter is written by all those who suffer together with Christ, uniting their human sufferings to his salvific suffering. We are not allowed to “pass by on the other side” dolrois we must “stop” beside him.


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.

And the institutions which from generation to generation have dollris ” Good Samaritan” service have developed and specialized even further saovifici our times. He who by his Passion and death on the Cross brings about the Redemption is the only-begotten Son whom God “gave”.

Finally, this parable, through its essential content, will enter into those disturbing words of the Final Judgment, noted by Matthew in his Gospel: 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 salifici of us all” The eloquence of the parable of the Good Samaritan, and of the whole Gospel, is especially this: Human suffering has reached its culmination in the Passion of Christ.

At the same time, however, from this level of Christ the salvific meaning of suffering descends to man’s level and becomes, in a sense, the individual’s personal response. His words also attest to this unique and incomparable depth and intensity of suffering which only the man who is the only-begotten Son could experience; they attest to that depth and intensity which the prophetic words quoted above in their own way jhan us to understand.

Salvifici Doloris (February 11, ) | John Paul II

By his salvific work, the only-begotten Son liberates man from sin and death. This refers to physical sufferings, but it is even more true when it is a question of the many kinds of moral suffering, and when it is primarily the soul that is suffering.

Suffering, more than anything else, makes present in the history of humanity the powers of the Redemption. But death primarily involves the dissolution of the entire psychophysical personality of man. The mission of the only-begotten Son consists in conquering sin and death.

Yes, it seems to be part of the very essence of Christ’s redemptive suffering that this suffering requires to be unceasingly completed.