Human’s Natural Aversion for All Kinds of Suffering

A human created by God and elevated by him to the sublime dignity of being his son carries within himself an irrepressible aspiration to happiness and feels a natural aversion for all kinds of suffering. Jesus, in contrast, in the course of his evangelizing, while stooping to heal and comfort the sick and the suffering, never avoided suffering itself, but chose instead to subject himself to as much human pain as possible, both moral and physical, in his Passion up to and including the mortal agony in Gethsemane, his abandonment by his Father on Calvary, his long agony, and his Death on the Cross. That is why he said that blessed are they who mourn and they who hunger and thirst for righteousness. 

SPEECH TO THE SICK, POMPEII, ITALY October 21, 1979

(Pope John Paul II, “Love is the Explanation of Everything”, Rizzoli 2011, Page 020)

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