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The Church then faced the new epoch, receiving his instructions in the Apostolic Letter Novo Millennio ineunte, in which he indicated to the faithful their future path. 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. And she very soon received a confirmation of this in the events that accompanied the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, and doliris the solemn words of the aged Simeon, when he spoke of a sharp sword that would pierce her heart.

The sufferings of Christ created the good of the world’s redemption. In bringing about the Redemption through suffering, Christ has also raised human suffering to the level of the Redemption. This does not however mean that suffering in the psychological sense is not marked by a specific “activity”.

It can be said that Job’s old friends wish not only to convince him of the moral justice of the evil, but in a certain sense they attempt to justify to themselves the moral meaning of suffering. Therefore, the conscious and free violation of this good by man is not salviflci a transgression of the law but at the same time an offence against the Creator, who is the first Lawgiver.

Saint Paul speaks of such joy in the Letter to the Colossians: And in the Letter to the Romans he writes: He puts his whole heart into it, nor does he spare material means. Born of the mystery of Redemption in the Cross of Christ, the Church has to try to meet man in a special way on the path of his suffering. We must above all accept the light of Revelation not only insofar as it expresses the transcendent order of justice but also insofar as it illuminates this order with Love, as the definitive source of everything that exists.


At the same time his care for the family was expressed in the World Meetings of Families, which he initiated in Christ, – without any fault of his own – took on himself “the total evil of sin”.

And the more the Church feels the need to have recourse to the value of human sufferings for the salvation of the world. It is something good, before which the Church bows down in reverence with all the depth of her faith in the Redemption. They prove the truth of that love which the only-begotten Son gives to the Father in his obedience.

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. The Christian response to it is different, for example, from the one given by certain cultural and religious traditions which hold that existence pbalo an evil from which one needs to be liberated.

This undoubtedly proves that people today pay ever greater and closer attention to the sufferings of their neighbour, seek to dolorix those sufferings and deal with them with ever greater skill. This is love for man, love for the “world”: And this is the virtue of perseverance in bearing whatever disturbs and causes harm.

Precisely by means of his Cross he must accomplish the work of salvation. We here find ourselves—and we must clearly realize this in our shared reflection on this problem—faced with a completely new dimension of our theme.


Those who share in the sufferings of Christ preserve in salviifci own sufferings a very special particle of the infi nite treasure of the world’s Redemption, and can share this treasure with others.

On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering: Salvifici Doloris

On 22 October, the Lord’s Day, he solemnly inaugurated his Petrine ministry as the rd successor to the Apostle. More than 17, pilgrims participated in the General Audiences held on Wednesdays more thannot counting other special audiences and religious ceremonies [more than 8 million pilgrims during the Great Jubilee of the Year alone], and the millions of faithful he met during pastoral visits in Italy and throughout the world.

In this way he accomplishes the messianic programme of his mission, according to the words of the prophet: And for this reason Saint Paul will write of Christ: Gradually, as the individual takes up his cross, spiritually uniting himself to the Cross of Christ, the salvific meaning of suffering is revealed before him.

The words quoted above from the Letter to the Colossians bear witness to the exceptional nature of this union.

Carta apostólica Salvifici doloris – Iglesia Católica. Papa ( : Juan Pablo II) – Google Books

A result of such a conversion is not only that the individual discovers the salvific meaning of suffering but above all that he becomes a completely new person. The parable of the Good Samaritan is in profound harmony with the conduct of Christ himself. Behold, the true Man of Sorrows presents himself before us: