Wednesday, August 14, 2013

HWP: Untier of Knots

It fascinates me that God works so often in clearly-discernable designs. He does the same things in the same ways so that we can come to identify His handiwork in our won lives. He does it in the big picture of Salvation History in what scholars refer to as typology, events or persons prefiguring a latter individual or ever. It also fascinates me that the Lord God does this same thing in bring about our spiritual health and salvation. There is a history of speaking of Mary as 'untying the knot tied by Eve' in her act of co-redemption with Christ. But her care is not limited just to that one big knot, but extends into the knots of our own personal sins. The only way to fix a knot is to properly untie it, lest it get worse and we lose ourselves in frustration. I have found much consolation in this prayer to Our Lady, Untier of Knots to help in untying those many things in my own life that I have tied up by past sins. So without further rambling on my part: 

The Prayer to Our Lady, Untier of Knots

Holy Mary, full of the presence of God during your life you accepted with great humility the Holy Will of the Father and the legacy of your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Evil never dared to entangle you with its confusion. 

Since then you have interceded for all of our difficulties. With all simplicity and patience you have given us examples on how to untangle the knots in our complicated lives. By being our Mother forever, you arrange and make clear the path that unites us to Our Lord.

Holy Mary, Mother of God and ours, with your maternal heart, untie the knots that upset our lives. We ask you receive in your hands (mention who or prayer request) and deliver us from the chains and confusions that have us restrained. 

Blessed Virgin Mary, through your grace, your intercession, and by your example, deliver us from evil and untie the knots that keep us from uniting with God, so that once freed of every confusion and error, we may find Him in all things, have Him in our hearts and serve Him always in our brothers and sisters. Amen.