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Saintly advice: Use regret to evolve

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In his youth, Saint Augustine (A.D. 354-430) lived a somewhat wild existence. One night, he and his rowdy friends stole a beautiful little tree from someone’s yard for no reason.

As he aged, Augustine refused to dismiss the incident, using the memory instead as a reminder to live morally and kindly.

So long as we don’t become paralyzed by remorse, recalling our lapses can prod us to do better.

— Adapted from The Confessions, Saint Augustine.

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