See this online text:

  • Apostolic Letter “Salvifici Doloris” on the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering, by Pope St. John Paul II (11 February 1984). May be read online on this page of the EWTN Library; at the Holy See; and, together with an audiobook (with background music by the Holy Redeemer Choir), on this page at Totus2us.

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“The time is ripe for judgement to begin, and to begin with God’s own household; and if our turn comes first, what will be its issue for those who refuse credence to God’s message? If the just man wins salvation only with difficulty, what will be the plight of the godless, of the sinner? Why then, let those who suffer in fulfilment of God’s will commend their souls, all innocent, into his hands; he created them, and he will not fail them.” (I Peter iv, 17-19)