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The Suffering of Loneliness

This is the sixth in a series of seven meditations examining the Christian meaning of suffering according to the thought of Pope St. John Paul II in his 1984 apostolic letter “Salvifici Doloris.”

Saint John Paul II writes that “sacred Scripture is a great book about suffering” (“Salvifici Doloris,” Par. 6). He goes on to list examples of the ways in which we suffer from the Old Testament:


  • Danger of death.

  • The death of one’s own children.

  • Infertility.

  • Exile.

  • Persecution and discrimination.

  • Loneliness and abandonment.

Among other various circumstances, the Holy Father mentions the suffering experienced in grappling with the mystery of seeing bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people. Our Lord taught: for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust (Mt 5:45).


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