Wingardium leviosa

Check out this awesome post at Fr. Z’s blog about “serious cool Catholic arcana:” the penitential wand.

“Their use extended even into the time of Our predecessor Paul VI.  There were attached to the doors of the confessionals in St. Peter’s a rod rather like a standard fishing in dimensions which the penitentiaries, confessors, would use to grant indulgences with a tap on the head to those who passed by and requested one.”

ASK FATHER: What’s up with the ‘penitential wand’ and indulgences?