O LORD God, Thou art infinitely wise, I adore Thee
Who hast borne with my ignorance; – Thou art
infinitely just, I adore Thee Who hast not chastised my
iniquity; – Thou art infinitely powerful, I adore Thee Who
hast deigned to spare my weakness; – Thou art infinitely
good, I adore Thee Who hast pardoned me all my malice
I thank Thee that the angels, who are the avenging
swords of Thy justice, have not slain me. I thank Thee
because the saints, who are Thy friends, have prayed
and made intercession for me who was Thine enemy. I
thank Thee that Thy heavens, Thy stars, Thy sun have
not refused to shine on me. I thank Thee for having
placed the whole of creation at my service; I have caused
it to groan beneath the burden of my sin, and yet it has
not risen up against me. I thank Thee that the very
earth has not opened beneath my feet to precipitate me
into the lowest depths of hell, where I indeed deserve
to be eternally.
I behold before me, O my God, the mystery of the
infinite abyss of Thy mercy. I return Thee thanks for
having preserved my life until this day, for having granted
to me repentance for my sins; how great has been and
how incomprehensible remains Thy pity for me!
Pardon, O perfections of my God, for having preferred
imperfect and vile creatures to Thee! Pardon, O
justice of my God, for having outraged Thee by my
crimes! Pardon, O holiness of my God, pardon for
having so long stained the purity of Thy sight by my
sins! Pardon, O mercy of my God, for having so long
despised Thy merciful voice! In deep sorrow and contrition
I cast myself at Thy feet – have mercy on me!
"Show mercy to a poor penitent, whom Thou hast so
long spared in his impenitence."
- ↑ St. Bernard.