[quote="Porcupine, post:9, topic:178384"]
I see your point. And the neighbor, being a human, probably has not much choice in the matter of being offended. He'll be offended. My action changed his mood, and understandably so. God is different, though. He's perfect, he's omniscient, and all the rest. What you're really saying is that my action is going to *change *God---in a small way, yes, but change nonetheless. That seems absurd.
Hi Porcupine. Welcome to CAF!
First off, we are so very, very limited in our knowledge of God and His ways, that we do our best, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to verbalize understanding of God.
Of course, from scripture, we know God is a jealous God and He gets angry. How could a perfect, omniscient God get jealous and angry? I don't know, but it appears it's true. Yet he still loves us. Angry and loving. Offended and loving.
I was journaling one day in prayer and I was dumbfounded by how God can still love as he does in the midst of our sinful, sometimes downright evil existence. I felt like God was saying, "No, you will never grasp the love I have for you. It is beyond your understanding. Your sin does not change my love for you. It is not within man's power to change how I feel about my creation.".
As I've walked in my journey with Christ and grown closer to Him, my sin is "offensive" (from my perspective)...I know how much God loves me and I desire to respond to that love, but instead I do the exact opposite. And I feel it, oh how I feel it.
Does God love me less? Nope. It's not possible. Can he be displeased (the only puny word I could come up with in my limited human intellect) with my actions? Sure. Aren't parents displeased with their childrens actions at times and yet still love them?
When I pray the Act of Contrition from the deepest place of sorrow and regret, I pray those words with great sincerity. I understand where the author was coming from. In my mind, I am prostrate before the Lord, not wanting to look upon His goodness, saying "I detest all my sins...because they offend you, My God, WHO IS ALL GOOD AND DESERVING OF ALL MY LOVE." I may be assuming more offense than was taken (again, we are limited by human intellect) but how else can we put into words the amount of love God has for us and our failure to respond to that love, even reject it? I guess we could say--hurt you, disappoint you, anger you (thought I think offense and anger don't go hand in hand).
Another version of the prayer
I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In chooosing to do wrong and failing to do good,
I have sinned against you
whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with your help,
to do penance, to sin no more,
and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.
In His Name, my God, have mercy.
You can also make up your own prayer of Contrition. It is not dogma that you have to say that particular Act of Contrition. What matters is the sincerity of your contrition.
Sorry for rambling.:o