Monday, September 23, 2013

Untied and United



A friend of mine recently prayed a novena to Our Lady, Untier of Knots.

And suddenly I noticed that a big knot in my life had been untied.

Much of my recent suffering has been due to sin and grace being tangled together.  My love for certain people and for my calling, a love from God and oriented toward God, was mingled with selfishness and sin in such a way that I saw no possibility for the knot(s) to be undone.  The only option seemed to be to cut off the threads entirely - as with the Gordian Knot - to cut off all contact - to give up.

But not all miracles are physical ones.

And even though our faith is incarnational - and even though we are bound to make mistakes in embodying His love in our confused and muddled lives - Our Lady will untie even the most daunting of knots, leaving the thread of grace in tact, the thread of Ariadne that leads us out of the maze, the thread of love.

May all of our sin be disentangled from His grace, the new life within us.  And may that thread - threadbare though it may be - be kept strong; may it not be severed, cutting us off from Him and from our neighbors.

Mary, Untier of Knots, pray for us!

Mary, Untier of Knots

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