Our Lady wants to help untie the knots of our life

Mary, the Blessed Mother, mother of Jesus and our mother too wants to help us always. We can turn to her in prayer and ask for help.

A recently re-discovered title of Mary is Mary Undoer or Untier of Knots. It is a famous painting in Augsburg, Germany. Pope Francis, when he was the Archbishop of Buenos Aries, saw the image and popularized it and wrote a prayer in honor of it. Johann Melchior Georg Schmittdner painted Mary Undoer of Knots with great grace. Since 1700, his painting has been venerated in the Church of St. Peter in Perlack, Augsburg, Germany. It was originally inspired by a meditation of Saint Irenaeus (Bishop of Lyon and martyred in 202) making a comparison between Eve and Mary, saying:“Eve, by her disobedience, tied the knot of disgrace for the human race; whereas Mary, by her obedience, undid it”.

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Here is the prayer from Pope Francis:

Holy Mary, full of God’s presence during the days of your life,
you accepted with full humility the Father’s will,
and the Devil was never capable to tie you around with his confusion
Once with your Son you interceded for our difficulties,
and, full of kindness and patience you gave us example of how to untie the knots of our life.
And by remaining forever Our Mother,
you put in order and make more clear the ties that link us to the Lord.
Holy Mother, Mother of God, and our Mother,
to you, who untie with motherly heart the knots of our life, we pray to you to receive in your hands (the name of person) and to free him/her of the knots and confusion with which our enemy attacks.
Through your grace, your intercession, and your example,
deliver us from all evil, Our Lady, and untie the knots that prevent us from being united with God,
so that we, free from sin and error, may find Him in all things, may have our hearts placed in Him and may serve Him always in our brothers and sisters. Amen.
If you’d like to pray the full novena, you can look here.
the not lukewarm challengePray this every day for a specific intention. Put your needs into the hands of Mary.
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