"this passion for self-mortification"

 

 

St. Teresa of Ávila: her motto was
Public DomainSt. Teresa of Ávila: her motto was "Lord, either let me suffer or let me die."

 

The belief that by enduring pain one makes a connection to their spirit.   Methods of this type of penance in the 1500's were starvation, the wearing of belts of nails and hairshirts, and self flagulation with a whip.

 

Reproduction of the crops used in the Middle Ages
Public DomainReproduction of the crops used in the Middle Ages