Guilt is a much maligned concept. It’s something that we should avoid, a feeling we should rid ourselves of as quickly as possible. It’s uncomfortable.
But, when used as a tool, it can actually be really good. Guilt and shame both serve as a great barometer of what we should do. It can stop us from a sin or from continuing to sin.
Its utility, however, ends when we are absolved from its source in the confessional. So what do we do when guilt persists? When does its usefulness become damaging? How can we use it for good?
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