We have named our new parish to honor Our Lady Undoer of Knots.
In the 1700's an unknown artist was commissioned to paint a portrait of “Mary Undoer of Knots” in the Church of St. Peter in Perlack, Germany after a local nobleman attributed Mary's intercession with the solving of several major "knots" in his life. It has been venerated there ever since.
It was originally inspired by a meditation of St. Irenaeus (Bishop of Lyon, martyred in 202AD) based on a parallel made by St. Paul between Adam and Christ. St. Irenaeus, in turn, made 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.”
The knots that affect us are the problems and struggles we face for which we do not see any solution and so we entrust them to Mary to intercede for us with her Son, just as she did at the marriage feast of Cana when she asked Him to undo the problem of having no wine.
Knots can be that of discord in your family, lack of understanding between parents and children, disrespect, violence, the knots of deep hurt between husband and wife or among friends, the absence of peace and joy at home. They are also the knots of anguish and despair of separated couples, the dissolution of the family, the knots of a drug addict son or daughter, sick or separated from home or God, knots of alcoholism, depression, unemployment, fear, drowning in debt and so on. We all have knots at work and in our social lives.
And then there are the BIG knots facing the world: world hunger, war, global warming, gun violence, hatred, bigotry, injustice, millions in need, etc. The knots of our life suffocate the soul, beat us down and betray the heart’s joy and separate us from God.
While a student, Pope Francis stumbled upon this devotion and has promoted it throughout his life. Although besides the one in Germany, there are churches named for Mary Undoer of Knots now in Argentina thanks to Bishop Bergolio, there are none that we know of in North America. CACINA's will be the first.
We want Mary to be an active member of our parish community to teach us to pray to her Son and to ask her to intervene with her special grace as she can.
Mary, UnDoer of Knots, pray for me.
Virgin Mother of mercy who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need; Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they know well the deep love that exist in your Immaculate Heart, look upon me and see the snarl of knots that exists in my life.
You know very well how bound I am by these knots. Blessed Mother, to whom God entrusted the undoing of knots affecting his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life. No one, not even the devil himself, can take it away from your care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone.
Powerful Mother, intercede for me with Your Son Jesus and take to Him today this knot:
[Mention your request here]
I beg you to ask Him to undo it for the glory of God, once for all. You are my hope, my Dear Mother.
Send us a note about your 'knot" that you would like Our Lady to undo. We remember all prayer requests at our liturgies and in our prayers.