Dear Readers

Author: Fr Mieczysław Piotrowski S.Chr.

Saint John Paul II underscored on many occasions in his teaching that suffering was a special grace which inwardly drew man closer to Christ and made man find a new dimension to his life and vocation. The suffering that affected the Holy Father in the winter of his life illustrates this truth very well. In the Apostolic Letter Salvifici Doloris of 1984, John Paul II wrote that “Christ through his own salvific suffering is very much present in every human suffering, and can act from within that suffering by the powers of his Spirit of truth, his consoling Spirit. (…) For it is above all a call. It is a vocation. Christ (…) says: ‘Follow me!’ Come! Take part through your suffering in this work of saving the world, a salvation achieved through my suffering! Through my Cross. Gradually, as the individual takes up his cross, spiritually uniting himself with the Cross of Christ, the salvific meaning of suffering is revealed to him. (…) It is then that man finds in his suffering inner peace and even spiritual joy. Human suffering, united to the redemptive suffering of Christ, constitutes a special support for the powers of good. The Gospel of suffering is being written unceasingly, and it speaks unceasingly with the words of this strange paradox: the springs of divine power gush forth precisely in the midst of human weakness.” Those who share in the suffering of Christ preserve in their own suffering a very special particle of the infinite treasure of the world’s Redemption, and can share this treasure with others.

Saint John Paul II shared in the redemptive suffering of Christ before eyes of the entire world and therefore he could share with us the treasure of Redemption. The pope bore witness in this way to the Gospel of suffering that proclaims the mystery of the ultimate victory of the Risen Lord over suffering, sin and death. Our Redeemer, taking upon himself the sins and sufferings of all people, makes it possible for all human pain to be permeated by the same victorious power of God, which has revealed itself in his resurrection. When we suffer in unity with Jesus, when we fall ill, are persecuted or betrayed by our friends, we should open ourselves to the action of the salvific power of resurrection so that the mystery of Christ’s ultimate victory can manifest itself in our frailty and suffering. Experiencing our own suffering in unity with the Redeemer’s, we are comforted by God “who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too” (2 Cor 1:4-5). “We suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him” (Rom 8:17).

We wish to thank you all for your prayers and suffering offered in the intention of our evangelization service provided by the “Love One Another!” magazine, translated into 21 languages, and for all donations which help us distribute it free of charge in the countries of the former USSR, Middle East, Africa, Asia or South America. Your offerings bring comfort where despair prevails and sow love where hate rules. We remember all our readers and sponsors in our daily prayers on the rosary and during the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and a weekly Mass said in your intentions. May the Risen Lord, present in the Eucharist, endow you with his redemptive Love so that with its power you may forgive everybody everything, be capable of loving your enemies and pray for their conversion. May he transform your way of life and your thinking so that you become living witnesses of his resurrection.

With Christ’s blessing and the gift of prayer.

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