O my great and good Creator, how much I owe to you,
that in your mercy you raised me from nothing
to make me what I am.
What can I possibly do to bless your name
or thank you enough for your inestimable goodness?
Yet, my Creator, instead of uniting myself to you by loving service,
my inordinate desires have made me a rebel.
I have cut myself off from you by preferring sin,
dishonoring you as if you were not my Creator.
O my God, with all my heart I offer you myself,
as you have made me.
I dedicate and consecrate myself to you.
Francis of Sales, 1567 – 1622, Counter-Reformation Bishop of Geneva,
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever!
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
whom he has redeemed from trouble
Some were fools through their sinful ways,
and because of their iniquities suffered affliction;
they loathed any kind of food,
and they drew near to the gates of death.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He sent out his word and healed them,
and delivered them from their destruction.
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!