Pia wrote:I wore my cilice for two hours yesterday, and found it a very effective penance. No matter how I sat, stood, or moved about, I was aware of it being there, and a constant level of pain which directed my thoughts to Christ's Passion. Although it did hurt, it only left red marks on my skin, and didn't pierce it, or draw blood. After I removed it, I also used the discipline for the time it took me to recite the Miserere. I felt close to God throughout both penances, and it was a privilege to suffer for Christ in this way, and to offer my penance for the conversion of someone close to me.
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