I am a big fan of St. Joseph. BIG fan. Patron of the Church, Patron of Canada, always been a fan, and my husband has shared his deep devotion to the best model of a husband and dad with me! So I was very happy when the installation of Pope Francis was going to take place on March 19! I watched as much of the mass as I could, waiting til the last second to turn it off when my living room was full of the teenagers who come over every Tuesday morning for a class. I LOVED the points Pope Francis made in his homily about protection. Protecting creation, our world, protecting life and our families and protecting Christ in our life, our relationship with him and union with him through sacramental grace! There is a work plan for years of life right there!!
Then yesterday I had a strong experience of just how much our world needs Our Lady, the Undoer of Knots.
Pope Francis is clearly very devoted to Our Lady, but one of the Marian devotions he has an affinity for is one you may not be very familiar with! it is Our Lady the Undoer of Knots. As a cardinal, he spread devotion to her through out all Argentina. And as soon as you read a little more about her, you will probably understand why our world needs her so much right now.
The devotion dates back to St. Irenaeus in the 3rd Century who described Mary by her obedience untying the knot that Eve tied with her disobedience. Likewise, Mary is all to happy to intercede for us as we struggle with all the “knots” that are with us in our life;
But what are these knots? There 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. There 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.(from the website)
If you are seeking freedom from any of those “knots” in your life, join us in a Novena to Mary, the Undoer of Knots! We will be starting today, Saturday, and ending on Easter Sunday! What a beautiful way to stay beside Mary during Holy Week! Please see the novena prayers at the link below, and pray with us! Know that each of you will be specially remembered in our prayers as we pray this novena for the next 9 days.
And then just yesterday… This happened (Click to watch the video)
In the chapel, the Pope emeritus offered the place of honor to Pope Francis, but he said: “We are brothers,” and wanted them to kneel together in the same pew. Source
Wow, our world is blessed!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and a blessed and joyful Easter.
Remember, today is a GREAT day to change your life!