As Pope Francis settles into the tough work of governing the church, I’ll bet he’s drawing strength from a Marian devotion that he himself is responsible for–the devotion to Mary the Untier of Knots. The devotion is depicted by this early 18th-century painting showing Mary calmly undoing the knots in a long rope.
I love this devotion. No jaw-dropping miracles; no thunder and lightening; no feats of spiritual heroism–just the patient, painstaking, dogged untying of knots. That’s what Francis is going to be doing as pope. That’s what all of us do every day.
from Ignatian Spirituality