“Many things,” says Nicephorus, “ are asked from God, and are not granted: they are asked from Mary, and are obtained.” And how is this? It is “because God has thus decreed to honor his Mother.” St. Bridget heard our Lord make a most sweet and consoling promise; for in the 50th chapter of the first book of her Revelation we read that Jesus addressed his Mother in the following words: “Thou shalt present me with no petition that shall be refused. My Mother, ask what thou wilt, for never will I refuse thee anything; and know,” he added, “that I promise graciously to hear all those who ask any favor of me in thy name, though they may be sinners, if only they have the will to amend their lives.” The same thing was revealed to St. Gertrude, when she heard our divine Redeemer assure his Mother, that in his omnipotence he granted her power to show mercy to sinners who invoke her in whatever manner she might please.
Let all, then, say, with full confidence in the words of that beautiful prayer addressed to the Mother of mercy, and commonly attributed to St. Bernard,” Remember, O most Virgin Mary, that it never was heard of in any age that any one having recourse to thy protection was abandoned.” Therefore forgive me, O Mary, if I say that I will not be the first unfortunate creature who has ever had recourse to thee and was abandoned.
From the Glories of Mary by St. Alphonsus de Liguori