In his most recent Viewpoint column, Msgr. Francis Mannion calls “Mary Undoer of Knots” (Maria Knotenlöserin) the “best new papal Marian devotion.” In the waning days of 2013, members of the Pray Tell family are sharing what particular knots they hope Our Lady can help untie in 2014. (See yesterday’s submissions by Paul Ford and Paul Inwood here.) Today Diana Macalintal writes.
Mary, Undoer of Knots, untie the knot of “we’ve never done it before” that keeps us stunted, defensive, and joyless:
- We’ve never prayed in that language.
- We’ve never sung that kind of music.
- We’ve never eaten with these people.
- We’ve never let those people in.
- We’ve never made these people leaders.
- We’ve never done it that way before.
Mary, Undoer of Knots, show us the way where we see no way out, no way in, and no way through the knots of:
- Not here
- Not them
- Not in our church
- Not in my backyard
- Not you
- Not me
- Not that
We, by our disobedience, complacency, and small-mindedness, have tied the knot of “nots” for the human race; whereas you, Mary, Undoer of Knots, by your obedience, courage, and creativity, undid it with your “yes.”
– Diana Macalintal