"What we call our merits are the gifts of God. When God crowns our merits, he is only crowning his own gifts."
"The action by which we merit eternal life is less our work than the work that Christ, as Head, accomplishes in us and by us…Hence the words of the Apostle: ‘I live, no not I, but Christ lives in me’ (Gal 2:20). The Christian may say in all truth: ‘I merit, no not I, but Christ in me; I fast, no not I, but Christ in me.’ So it is with all the voluntary actions that the true members of Christ accomplish for God. Hence, the merit of eternal life is attributed, not so much to our works, but to the works that Christ as Head accomplishes in us and by us."