The Church’s Choice

So often in Catholic churches in Italy the conversion decision is portrayed in stark relief.  Here’s something from Chiesa di San Vitale in Parma.  You get to decide which path you want to choose (and notice who is in the “comforting” one):


Or this?

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Leslee Simler

Ah, Mary holds the keys to heaven… I was raised Catholic but this doctrine is no longer in my memory banks. Mary, the “queen of heaven” to whom the Israelites were baking cakes, vexxing God, Jeremiah says in 7:18, and Alter’s note on that verse is informative.

George Kraemer

Obviously I cant read the first word of the second line but what I can seems be a play on the Nazi phrase “work will make you free”.

Does anyone know what it says? Skip?