The Los Angeles Times:
Ash Wednesday marks a day of sacrifice and penance for Christians in order to atone for their sins. The theology of the idea coincides nicely with psychology. Feeling pain, it seems, really cleanses the mind of guilty burdens, according to a new study.
Australian researchers tested the idea of whether pain and sacrifice ease guilt. They recruited 62 young men and women under the guise that they were part of a study on mental and physical activity.
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