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The painting: Mary, Undoer of Knots

March 22, 2014

“[Pope Francis] led a controversial existence in a very political Argentina and, long story short, one day found himself working on his Ph.D. in Germany, inside a church, before a painting that stopped him cold. It was of Mary, the Undoer of Knots. It’s as if the Blessed Virgin saw him, saw into him, saw through him. His papacy has made the painting — it’s over three hundred years old — it’s made it new again, a new opportunity to bring people back from the brink, back to the church, back into grace. The Ribbon of Life that Eve tied into knots through her disobedience, Mary, by her obedience, has loosened and made straight. Through her, we are disentangled. Unemployment. Depression. Fear. Addiction. Abortion. We can take them all to her. I have a copy of it, the painting, framed, in my study. I put my feeble strength before it often, on nights when everyday snags obstruct my view of grace. I know she never despises a sinning child who comes to ask for help. She does it because she loves me with eternal love. She, our Holy Mother, the Undoer of Knots, hears my pleas.” – Simon, Ribbon of Life, Act II, scene 3 

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