At the end of confession, the priest usually invites me to pray an act of contrition – a prayer saying that I’m sorry for my sins. This is the prayer I usually pray:
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you, and I detest all my sins, because of Your just punishments, but most of all because they offend You, my God, who are all-good and deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin.
When I was first learning this prayer, one thing seemed a little unsettling: what is it about sin that “offends” God? Aren’t I just harming myself by making poor decisions? Well, the answer to that question lies in the way God sees us. [Read more…]