Our Lady, Undoer of Knots

One of my favorite titles for Mary is "Our Lady, Undoer of Knots."

The root of this devotion dates all the way back to the second century, where SaintIrenaeus wrote: "The knot of Eve's disobedience was loosed by the obedience of Mary. For what the virgin Eve had bound fast through unbelief, this did the Virgin Mary set free through faith."

The first Eve was a virgin, created immaculate, who was the Mother of all the living. But when confronted with the decision between life and death, Eve chose death, thus tying a knot in God's plan.

The New Eve (Mary), Immaculate and ever Virgin, loosened Eve's knot with her obedience to God, saying, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." (Luke 1:38).

But it doesn't stop there...

Through her prayers, Mary wants to loosen the knots in our lives, too.

On this Solemnity of the Annunciation - Mary's 'yes' to God - give her those knots, and ask her for her prayers.

The first step

Being honest about where we are in our relationship with Jesus is the first step to growing in our relationship with Jesus.

Take a *spiritual* inventory this Lent. 

Then, ask God to help you with the rest.

Benedict and me

Years ago, when I visited Rome, I was able to attend Vespers in St. Peters Basilica with Pope Benedict XVI.

And I sat in the very front row.

As I watched Benedict process down the aisle and make a right turn at the front, I quickly realized he was going to walk right by me. So, I did what anyone else would do––I took out my camera.

There, within inches of me he slowly walked smiling to the crowd. Then, as if I had asked him, he looked directly into my camera.

It froze. The camera completely froze.

I learned a valuable lesson that day...

I had the opportunity to look directly into the Pope's eyes as he looked back at me. But I didn't. Instead, I chose to look through a lens.

This Lent, put the lens down when you look at God. Whatever distances you, move it aside. And spend time with him, looking him in the eye.

What commitment does

Commitment removes the excuses that get in the way of our prayer.

"I was too busy," doesn't jibe with commitment.

"I'm too tired," doesn't work either.

Make a commitment to pray––at the same time, in the same place––everyday.

Try not to let anything get in the way.

And start today.