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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Without wonder, men and women would lapse into deadening routine and little by little would become incapable of a life which is genuinely personal.

A quite special place in this long development belongs to Saint Thomas, not only because of what he taught but also sapvifici of the dialogue which he undertook with the Arab and Jewish thought of his time. Parallel with this, however, is the interhuman and social dimension. In other words, they seek a final explanation, a supreme value, encicllica refers to nothing beyond itself and which puts an end to all questioning.

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.

He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord” He asks the meaning of his suffering and seeks an answer to this question on the human level. Among the signs of hope we should also count the spread, at many levels of public opinion, of a new sensitivity ever more opposed to war as an instrument for the resolution of conflicts between peoples, and increasingly oriented to finding effective but “non-violent” means to counter the armed aggressor.

In these people there is fulfilled what the first witnesses of the Passion and Resurrection said and wrote about sharing in the sufferings of Christ.


Sacred Scripture indicates with remarkably clear cues how deeply related are the knowledge conferred by faith and the knowledge conferred by reason; and it is in the Wisdom literature that this relationship is addressed most explicitly.

It is surely this kind of esoteric speculation which Saint Paul has in mind when he puts the Colossians on their guard: May they reach all people of good will who are concerned for the good of every man and woman and for the destiny of the whole of society!

With the rise of the first universities, theology came more directly into contact with other forms salvicici learning and scientific research. As Saint Ambrose writes: This is an instinctive perception and a fact of experience, and man is called to grasp the profound reason why this is so.

Thus we shall learn not only to obey the commandment not to kill human life, but also to revere life, to love voloris and to foster it.

And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him. Thus, in coming to know the value of its own existence as a people, Israel also salviflci in its perception of the meaning and value of life itself.

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This is an extremely important aspect of suffering. For it is above all a call. Upon whom shall I rest, if not upon the one who is humble, contrite in spirit and trembles at my word? This is the symbol of a great cosmic disturbance and a massive conflict between the forces of good and the forces of evil, between life and death.

History therefore becomes the arena where we see what God does for humanity. This is the origin also of the present reflection, precisely in the Year of the Redemption: Nonetheless, this is only one area.

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This reality is characterized by the emergence of a culture which denies solidarity and in many cases takes the form of a veritable “culture of death”. Yet often enough in history this has brought with it the temptation to identify one single stream with the whole of philosophy.


These words about love, about actions of love, acts linked with human suffering, enable us once more to discover, at the basis of all human sufferings, the same redemptive suffering of Christ.

Human beings are not made to live alone. The thirst for truth is so rooted in the human heart that to dolors obliged to ignore it would cast our existence into jeopardy.

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And this is the final, definitive word of this teaching: Who in the end could forge anew the paths of experience and thought which have yielded the treasures of human wisdom and religion? In the course of the centuries, this activity assumes organized institutional forms and constitutes a field of work in the respective professions.

In short, the hope that philosophy might be able to provide definitive answers to these questions has dwindled. Throughout the twentieth century, the Church has been served by a powerful array of thinkers formed in the school of the Angelic Doctor.

It is a process which, unexpectedly and undeservedly, is enlightened by the promise and renewed by the gift of divine life, which will reach its full realization in eternity cf. In an age when Christian thinkers were rediscovering the treasures of ancient philosophy, and more particularly of Aristotle, Thomas had the great merit of giving pride of place to the harmony which exists between faith and reason.

Suffering seems to belong to man’s transcendence: Increase and multiply’ Gen 1:

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