The Early Years
1 My lord Saint James relates that faith without good works is dead.2 Our Lord wished this saying to be confirmed in our deeds; for though it is true that faith without works is worthless, when the two are combined they bear fruit, a fruit that God wishes to receive in His mansion. So, although the circumstances of our birth were good, there was need for improvement in our actions. This was not because we did not have the faith in us to believe in Our Creator and His works, nor through lack of prayers to His mother to intercede for us to her Beloved Son that He might pardon the wrongs we had done Him. Rather it was that through that very faith, He might lead us to the true salvation.