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An informal term for an austerity measure
. The term derives from shirts made of animal hair that religious figures have worn as a sign of penance. Austerity measures are adopted to make up for (or even to do penance for) excessive government debt
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Most numeraries use the cilice for around an hour a day as an act of penance.
And there's a long history of the use of the cilice.
But the site goes on to note, "Within this spirit, numeraries and associates (celibate members) sometimes practice traditional Catholic penances such as using the cilice
The daily workout I do at the gym is far more uncomfortable than the cilice
," he says, also mentioning that Mother Teresa used a cilice
are worn two hours a day and apparently they come in single or triple row spikes.
But what about the barbed cilice
belt worn round the thigh to stop impure thoughts.