Pat’s Top 10 Least Popular Medieval Penances

Just in time for Lent! Take your pick:

Patrick Madrid’s Top 10 Least Popular Medieval Penances —

10. Standing barefoot in the snow for hours

9. Skunk hair shirts

8. Scrubbing castle walls with toothbrush

7. Memorizing the Summa Theologiae

6. Chewing tinfoil

5. Delivering papal condemnations to Martin Luther

4. Hand copying the entire Bible

3. Wasp licking

2. Anything involving anthills

1. The “thorn paddle”


  1. Doubting Thomas

    #10 was actually done by one Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor

  2. Teresa

    St. Josemaría found his vocation by noticing a monk's bare footprints in the snow

  3. Fr. Jay

    If I had to choose, it would be 4, 7 & 8. The others are a bit over the top.

  4. Suzanne


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