The knot of Eve's disobedience was loosed by the obedience of Mary.
-St. Irenaeus, Against Heresies, c. 180
In 1700, German painter Johann Schmittdner captured this beautiful task visually as "Maria Knotenlöserin," or "Mary, the Undoer of Knots." Almost 300 years later, an Argentinean priest named Jorge Mario Bergoglio was deeply moved by the image, and on his way to becoming the future Pope Francis, Fr. Bergoglio brought back to his native country what has since become a worldwide movement.
Learn the story behind this burgeoning devotion, see the original painting that inspired it, and pray the prayers and novena that have come from it. Inspired by the service and humility of Pope Francis, this new novena to the Undoer of Knots could very well change your life by first changing your heart.
Alan Schreck, Ph.D.
+Most Reverend Jeffrey M. Monforton
Bishop of Steubenville
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