Neither let us think that Our Lady will automatically ward off all temptation… Mary will indeed help us, but we must show her that we want that help. The Apostles themselves were rowing very hard when the storm was against them. Would Our Lord have helped them if they had not bothered to row or exert themselves? Likewise in our spiritual life when the storm of temptation arises God expects us to do all in our power, and His grace will always be there to help us to resist. Thus when Mary sees us making an effort for the love of her Divine Son, she will readily help us. But if we make no effort at all, how then can we call upon her?
The Immaculate Way