St Thomas More, in trying to find an analogy for the Salvation offered to us by Jesus Christ and our participation in that Salvation, writes: “If a man lowers a rope into a well and pulls someone out who could not escape by himself, would it not be true that the man in the well did not climb out by his own power? And yet he still contributed something of his own to the process by hanging onto the rope and not letting it get away. The freedom of the will is like that: It can do nothing without grace.”
Source: Mere Catholicism: Faith in the Third Millennium.
By Daniel Agatino. Sunbury Press. 2018.