Monday, April 20, 2020

What is "definitive suffering"? Find out in Episode 8 of my reading course on JP2's teachings on suffering


I'm grateful to share with you a new episode of my reading course on Salvifici doloris, Pope St. John Paul II's apostolic letter on the Christian meaning of human suffering. This episode covers sections 13 and 14, where John Paul distinguishes between temporal suffering and "definitive suffering." If you have missed any episodes, they are all available via the YouTube playlist "Reading Pope John Paul II's Salvifici Doloris."

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Watch now: Episode 7 of my reading course on JP2's letter on the Christian meaning of suffering



Happy Easter! On Easter Sunday, after an absence caused in part by technical difficulties and by a health issue—I've had a low-grade fever for a week—I was finally able to record a new episode of my reading course on Salvifici doloris, Pope St. John Paul II's apostolic letter on the Christian meaning of human suffering.

This episode looks at John Paul's summation of his reflections on the Book of Job. The sections of the letter that it covers are no. 11 through no. 13. If you have missed any episodes, they are all available via the YouTube playlist "Reading Pope John Paul II's Salvifici Doloris."

Friday, April 3, 2020

Watch now: Episode 6 of my reading course on JP2's letter on the Christian meaning of suffering


In this latest episode of my reading course on Salvifici doloris, Pope St. John Paul II's apostolic letter on the Christian meaning of human suffering, I look at John Paul's reflections on the Book of Job. The sections of the letter that this video covers are nos. 9, 10, and part of 11.

My goal is to post five episodes a week, adding each of them to the "Reading Pope John Paul II's Salvifici Doloris" playlist.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

What did JP2 teach on suffering in times of pandemic? The answer's in Episode 5 of my reading course on Salvifici doloris


In Episode 5 of my online reading course on Pope St. John Paul II's Apostolic Letter Salvifici doloris, above, I discuss section 8, where the pope reflects upon times of extraordinary suffering—including times of pandemic.

My intention is to post five episodes a week, preferably each weekday. That's been a challenge this week because of bandwidth issues, but I still hope to post three more episodes between now and Saturday night.

Thanks so much to those of you who have emailed me or commented that you are enjoying this series.

If you missed previous episodes, they are all available via the YouTube playlist below. Thanks for watching, and may God bless you.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Watch now: Episode 4 of my reading course on JP2 on suffering in Christ


In Episode 4 of my online reading course on Pope St. John Paul II's Apostolic Letter Salvifici doloris, which just went online, I discuss section 7 of the document, where the pope examines how suffering is "an experience of evil."

I am grateful to those of you who have emailed me or commented that you are enjoying this series. It means a lot to me to be able to help others reflect upon this powerful document of John Paul's.

My intention is to post a new episode each weekday. Today's episode should have been Monday's, but it was delayed owing to a slow internet connection. I hope to make up for the delay by posting another one later today.

If you missed previous episodes, they are all available via the YouTube playlist below. Thanks for watching, and may God bless you.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Watch now: Episode 3 of my online course on JP2 on suffering in Christ


In today's episode of my reading course, I read and reflect upon sections 5 and 6 of Pope St. John Paul II's Apostolic Letter Salvifici doloris, discussing the relationship between moral or spiritual suffering and physical suffering.

If you missed previous episodes, they are all available via the YouTube playlist below. Thanks for watching, and may God bless you.






Thursday, March 26, 2020

Watch now: Episode 2 of my online course on JP2 on suffering in Christ



In today's episode, I read and reflect upon sections 3 and 4 of Pope St. John Paul II's Apostolic Letter Salvifici doloris, discussing why Pope St. John Paul II calls suffering a mystery.

If you missed episode 1, you can watch it and then the second episode using the video below, which is a YouTube playlist.



I pray this series helps you find consolation in Christ through the teachings of the Church. God bless you!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Watch now: Episode 1 of my online course on JP2 on suffering in Christ




Today I am beginning a daily online reading course on Pope St. John Paul II's letter on Christian suffering, Salvifici doloris. It's very informal and is tailored to a wide audience. I pray that it helps you find consolation in Christ through the teachings of the Church.