Our Lady Undoer of Knots
Artist: Johann Georg Schmidtner
Year: c. 1700
Type: Oil on paper
Location: Saint Peter am Perlach
How was this devotion started?
To show us the mission granted to the Virgin Mary by her Son, an unknown artist painted Mary Undoer of Knots with great grace. Since 1700, his painting has been venerated in the Church of saint Peter in Perlack, Germany. It was originally inspired by a meditation of Saint irenaeus (Bishop of Lyon and martyred in 202) based on the parallel made by Saint Paul between Adam and Christ. Saint Irenaeus, in turn, made a comparison between Eve and Mary, saying, "Eve, by her disobedience tied a knot of disgrace for the human race; whereas Mary, by her obedience, undid it."
What are these Knots?
They are the problems and struggles we face for which we do not see any solution. Knots of discord in your family, lack of understanding between parents and children, disrespect, violence, the knots of deep hurts between husband and wife, 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, the practice of abortion, depression, unemployment, fear, solitude...ah, the knots of our life! How they suffocate the soul, beat us down and betray the heart's joy and separate us from God.
The devotion to Mary Undoer of Knots is not new. The devotion is more than 300 years old. However, it is not based on an apparition of the Virgin Mary to a person/s, as in Lourdes or Fatima, but rather is a revered devotion as many others in the Catholic Church, despite Virgin Mary is only one. The devotion to Mary Undoer of Knots is becoming more and more known is many different countries and the novena has been printed in 19 languages, as well as in braille. In the last four years, the Sanctuary of Marny Undoer of Knots has welcomed more than 600,000 pilgrims from all over the world.
At Mass, there is a multitude of people: the young, the elderly, rich and poor, all asking for help from Our Lady to simplify their lives. Day after day, more and more Christians kneel to pray to her as soon as they meet the Mother of the Fair Love. Many families have become reconciled! Many diseases have been healed! Many spouses have returned to the Church! Many jobs have been given! Many conversions have taken place! Many Catholics have been on their knees praying and giving thanks for graces received from our sweet Mother.
We are living in difficult times where the problems, the temptations, the lack of peace and the evils (the knots) are all around us. Like a roaring lion your adversary, the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5). For that reason, Mary, who undoes the knots, who was chosen by God to crush the evil with her feet, comes to us to reveal herself. She comes to provide jobs, good health, to reconcile families, because she wants to undo the knots of our sins which dominate our lives, so that - as sons of the King - we can receive the promises reserved for us from eternity. She comes with promises of victory, peace, blessings and reconciliation. Then, free from our knots - filled with happiness, we can be a testimony to the Divine Power in this world, like pieces of God's heart or small bottles of perfume exhaling mercy and love to our neighbor. Like ambassador of Jesus Christ and the Virgin of the fair love, we can rescue those who cry without any consolation, those who are lonely, tied without knots, who have no God, no Father nor Mother.
Mother of the rising sun, immaculate, our advocate, helper in moments of affliction, Mother of God and made by Him our Mother, this is how Mary Undoer of Knots is presented. Above all, she comes as the Queen of Mercy, the one who knows all about us, who has compassion for us and hurries to rescue us, praying for each of us to her beloved Jesus. Is it possible that the Lord does not answer her?
May Mary Undoer of Knots bless you today and forever. Amen!
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