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Thursday, October 03, 2002 From the NYT, more on Opus Dei:
Some lash themselves with bits of rope, as monks and saints often did in the past, although they usually do not like to talk about it.
"I can tell you that some kinds of that are less painful than an hour's workout in a gym," said Dr. Joaquín Navarro-Valls, the pope's spokesman, who has long been a numerary member of Opus Dei. "I can tell you that I've tried both."
The Rev. John Paul Wauck, an American in Rome who went from Opus Dei numerary to Opus Dei priest about three years ago, said he sometimes wore a spiked chain around his thigh and denied himself even lukewarm showers.
"It's not a main point of my life in Opus Dei," said Father Wauck, who is the brother-in-law of the accused spy Robert Hanssen, who was also a member, although not a numerary.
But, Father Wauck said, it reminds him of Jesus' suffering and moves him away from material self-indulgence.
"It's a penance," he said. "It's a way of saying no to myself."