The Beauty of Suffering: Salvifici Doloris
In, 1984, Pope Saint John Paul II penned an Apostolic Letter on the mystery of human suffering, Salvifici Doloris (curiously, now looking back, the same year he made his first apostolic journey to Canada). One priest in a talk I heard recently mentioned that it may be remembered as one of his most prophetic works, with which I concur. I long ago included the Letter in my syllabus on Magisterial teaching, and now with the looming shadow of euthanasia about to inundate the world, John Paul’s words seem more a propos than ever.
Human suffering is a curious thing, not least