29th May


When Mary said that the mercy of God extends to all generations for those who fear Him, she meant that they who have that which is less, that is to say, the holy fear which holds them back from sin, shall also, in due course, have that which is greatest, that is to say, love. They who do what they can will afterwards have the grace to do what they cannot now. All men can, in some way, fear God, with a holy though natural fear. God does not owe them anything, and therefore, says Mary, He will show them mercy.

Ibid. No. 16


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