Suffering for Others

Is it theologically possible to suffer for the redemption of others? Say someone asked God if he/she could suffer for the redemption of another person. Could this be done? I understand this would not equate to atonement, but still the principle of redemptive suffering as long as the “sufferer and sufferee” are alive.

[bibledrb]Col 1:24[/bibledrb]

Also, you may want to read JP II’s Apostolic Letter Salvifici Doloris (On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering) (February 11, 1984)

It goes into a very detailed analysis of the spiritual meaning of suffering.

Hope that helps.

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