As everything should be offered to God, so everything should be given thanks for to Him; since whatever you offer Him is really His gift. You are a river, grateful to its origin, but only a river; you have to bear back to the ocean what was given to you from it. Observe how the Church, directed in this matter by the Apostle Paul, has instituted two solemn prayers to be said one at the beginning and one at the end of every duty, to commend it to God and to thank Him for it. This thanksgiving is due to God Himself, to God as the Fountain of all good that flows to us, to God the Father and just as He gives us all through the medium of Jesus Christ, so He delights that we should thank Him for all by Jesus Christ.
But somehow the greater part of mankind seems to pay its debts after the pattern of animals feeding greedily under an oak on the acorns that fall abundantly from it, and never thinking of looking up to admire the origin of the gifts.—So few are there among them who really give thanks.
- P. Segneri S.F.
All that Thou takest from me I give Thee; and all that I have not given Thee I owe Thee.
- Madame Swetchine