St. Louis De Montfort (1710): “… inasmuch as our good works pass through the hands of Mary, they receive an augmentation [increase] of purity, and consequently of merit, and of satisfactory and impetratory value. On this account they become more capable of solacing the souls in purgatory and of converting sinners than if they did not pass through the virginal and liberal hands of Mary. It may be little that we give by our Lady; but, in truth, if it is given without self-will and with a disinterested charity, that little becomes very mighty to turn away the wrath of God and to draw down His mercy.” (True Devotion to Mary #172)
St. Jerome (390): “God made us with free-will, neither are we drawn by necessity to virtue or vice; else where there is necessity [and not free-will], there is neither damnation nor reward.”
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