Love | Peace| Pope John Paul II used to beat himself with a belt and sleep on a bare floor, believing that the submission brought him closer to God.
The late pope had a particular belt for self-flagellation and brought it with him to his summer residence, according to the book, “Why he is a Saint: The True story of John Paul II.”
According to CNN, in actual Catholic self-flagellation, “there is no blood, no injury, nothing to harm a person’s health, nothing traumatic. If it caused any harm, the Church would not allow it,” Rev. Michael Barrett, a priest of the Catholic Opus Dei sect.
Mother Teresa also self-flagellated. Church leaders point out that suffering is a key aspect of religious surrender. via CNN