The fourth chapter of Pope John Paul II’s apostolic letter SALVIFICI DOLORIS covers Christ’s overcoming suffering through love. The chapter has four key ideas: malice of Lucifer, malice of man, suffering and beatitudes.

Malice has two primary characteristics: ignorance and arrogance. Lucifer conspired with his disciples to become superior to God. Defeated, Lucifer became Satan, his disciples became demons, and Satan and demons went into Hell.  Satan planted malice in man’s soul through deception, and man fell into Satan’s trap, for the desire to become superior to God.

The Almighty Father subjected us to suffering and death, but didn’t forsake us, rather He sent His son to the world to redeem us through death on a cross.




“Your suffering is your treasure,” the Holy Spirit told me.

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All four beatitudes of Luke’s gospel, (Luke 6:20-22), involve suffering.

Blessed are you:

•The poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.

•That hunger now: for ye shall be filled.

•That weep now: for ye shall laugh.

•When men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man’s sake.



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6 Responses to Suffering

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    I was just talking with my sister about this same conversation today. Hmmm. What is God telling us?

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