A further prayer from St Thomas Aquinas

Prayer of Praise and Thanksgiving

I praise,
Glorify and bless you,
My God,
For the immeasurable
Favours shown to me
Who am unworthy.

I praise
Your kind forbearance,
Waiting on me for so long

And your gentleness
Appearing in the guise of a sharp reprisal.

I praise
Your tenderness
Calling out to me,

Your kindness
Supporting me,

Your mercy
Forgiving my sins

I praise
Your goodness for giving me
More than I deserve
And your patience
For not remembering
Past injuries

I praise your humility
That consoles me,
Your patience
That protects me,
Your eternity
That preserves me,
Your truth
That rewards me.

What can I say,
My God, about your ineffable generosity?

For you call back the fugitive,
You welcome the one who returns.

You support the one who falters.

You gladden the despondent,
You urge on the negligent.

You arm the warrior,
You crown the victor.

You spurn the repentant sinner,
You do not remember past crimes.

You set us free from many perils,
You soften our hearts for penitence.

You frighten us with chastisements,
You entice us with promises.

You correct us with scourges,
You guard us with a ministering angel.

Temporal things
You supply for us, eternal things you keep for us
In reserve.

You inspire us with grandeur of creation.

You draw us forward
With the mercy of redemption. You promise us
Blessings in reward.

For all these things
I cannot give sufficient praise.

I give thanks, however,
To your majesty,
For the abundance of your immense goodness,
May you always
Increase your grace in me,
Preserve that increase,
And reward what you have preserved.


Corpus Christi


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