At the link below, there is a fascinating article about Pope Francis’ devotion to Our Lady, Untier of Knots, which actually has its roots in….Bavaria. And who do we know from Bavaria? Our Benedict the beloved!
The article states that Cardinal Bergoglio gave to Pope Benedict a chalice engraved with this image of Our Lady.
I am especially fascinated, because I had never before heard of this devotion, until it was mentioned on Women of Grace (before the papal election.) It was described as a very powerful novena. I told my sister that perhaps we should begin praying it. We found the prayers on the Internet and both began the novena.
Shortly after Pope Francis was elected, I heard a priest on EWTN mention that he had once met Cardinal Bergoglio, and the cardinal gave him a medal of Our Lady Untier of Knots. My ears perked up, and I felt encouraged to continue praying this novena.
Then, I came across this article tonight, indicating that this devotion to Our Lady is very special to our new Holy Father. And so, I feel very blessed to be praying in union with him to Our Blessed Mother under this title.
It does seem so appropriate…considering the “knots” that need to be undone in the Church, and certainly in the lives of most of us.
I wanted to share this beautiful devotion with everyone, and I hope many prayers will be answered for those who choose to pray it. I love the idea of Our Lady untying the knots of my life!
Meanwhile,because of this devotion, and many other things our new pope has said and done, it does seem that he is indeed a Marian pope, and that can only be a very blessed thing! May Our Lady keep him always sheltered in her Immaculate Heart.
Note: Here is a link to the novena prayers: http://www.theholyrosary.org/maryundoerknots