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Genesis to Jesus
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Which Saint Practiced
If you think your Lenten penances are difficult,
taking this quiz will help put them in perspective!
(P.S. Please don’t try extreme penances
without the approval of your spiritual director.)
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This saint was known to practice mortification, including burning herself, tainting her food to be less flavorful, and even sleeping with thorns scattered in her bed.
St. Agnes of Rome
St. Margaret of Cortona
St. Kateri Tekakwitha
St. Agatha of Sicily
During his travels with the Order of Preachers, this saint always made an effort to remove his shoes and walk barefoot when he left each town.
St. Francis of Assisi
St. Ignatius of Antioch
St. Anastasius Cornicularius
This Doctor of the Church was able to live for years eating only the Holy Eucharist.
St. Catherine of Bologna
St. Catherine of Sweden
St. Catherine of Siena
St. Catherine of Alexandria
This saint wrote about the benefits of interior mortification but also practiced the exterior mortification of self-flagellation.
St. Joseph Cottolengo
Saint Josemaría Escrivá
St. Kevin of Glendalough
Modesty was so important to this saint, she refused to look in a mirror and always looked down and away from others.
After his father paid for him to made bishop, this saint felt so much guilt he took on the penance of giving himself 300,000 lashes with a whip.
St. Dominic Loricatus
St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne
St. Patrick of Ireland
St. Anthony of Padua
This saint took on the emotional penance of pretending to be happy when she wasn’t.
St. Victoria of Tivoli
St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi
St. Elizabeth of Portugal
St. Helena of Constantinople
This saint is well known for living his hermit-styled life from atop a tall pillar in the desert.
St. Edwin of Northumbria
St. Basil of Caesarea
St. Simeon the Stylite
Inspired by St. Catherine of Siena, this saint wore a silver crown of thorns on her head to feel closer to Christ.
St. Bridget of Sweden
St. Rose of Lima
St. Theodora of Alexandria
Despite being a very sickly man, this saint drove himself to practice the penances of extreme sleep deprivation and extreme fasting.
St. Pio of Pietrelcina
St. Vincent de Paul
St. Paul of the Cross
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