My sister Donna has had a very difficult six months. It was one of those things that did not just include her daily life but also hospitalizations, three surgeries, insurance problems, home health nurses missing appointments, and on and on. How she kept her sanity in all this was beyond me. On my part, I was over 1,000 miles away and incapable of assisting her other than through prayer and daily phone calls.
At one point when I was overwrought with concern, a friend asked if I was familiar with Our Lady Undoer of Knots whom Pope Francis has spoken of. No, I hadn't heard of her. She suggested I make a novena to her since Donna had so many issues.
After I began the novena, whenever I felt overwhelmed and helpless to make a difference, I would picture Donna with Mary, each situation represented by a knot Mary was untying. In this image I felt Donna was cared for, loved beyond my love, and knew that her problems were resolving. And actually, they were. Surely, it wasn't the end of some of the issues, but everything seemed more tolerable. Donna was more at peace, able to handle the situations as they came along, and was healing.
Even now, I find comfort in this image as I pray for those in need. How often we are indeed, “tied in knots”, one problem connected to another. So I would like to share Pope Francis’ prayer.
To Our Lady Undoer of Knots
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 gave us an example of how to untie the knots of our life.
By remaining forever Our Mother, you put in order and make clearer
The ties that link us to the Lord.
Holy Mother of God and our Mother,
To you who untie with motherly heart the knots of our lives,
We pray to you to receive into you hands, (name of the person),
And to free him/her of the knots and confusion with which the 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.