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📰 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Hairshirt

Author: newadvent.org

Full Title: CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Hairshirt

URL: https://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07113b.htm

Highlights from March 9th, 2021.

A garment of rough cloth made from goats' hair and worn in the form of a shirt or as a girdle around the loins, by way of mortification and penance.
During the early ages of Christianity the use of hair-cloth, as a means of bodily mortification and as an aid to the wearer in resisting temptations of the flesh, became very common, not only amongst the ascetics and those who aspired to the life of perfection, but even amongst ordinary lay people in the world, who made it serve as an unostentatious antidote for the outward luxury and comfort of their lives.