Hair Shirt

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Hair Shirt

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.
As well as using the cilice, some choose to whip themselves with a device made of knotted cord.
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 and discipline.
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.
on the cilice 376, associated with Thomas d' Angleterre).
The cilices are worn two hours a day and apparently they come in single or triple row spikes.
Similarly, a devotional treatise circulated in the colony, advocated the practice of rituals such as "fasts, disciplining, [wearing of] cilices, [and] praying with arms outstretched in the form of a cross (rezar en cruz)" (Larkin, p.
Estas escenas se ven representadas en cilices, ritones, crateras y picheles.