But now I have said that of all the good deeds a person does whilst under mortal sin not a single one remains, neither deeds nor time, and that is true in the meaning which I have just explained. I want to make it perfectly clear to you, even though it is contrary to every authority alive.
Meister Eckhart, The Sermons (“The fruits of good deeds live on”), trans. Raymond B. Blackney, 1941
Upper: Andrea Mantegna, The Descent Into Limbo, painting, 1470-75
Lower: Rudi Feld, The Dangers of Bolshevism, lithograph, 1919