LMC Elementary students, led by Art teacher Mrs. Mary Dudding, created Prayer Knots in honor of Pope Francis’ devotion to “Mary, Untier of Knots”.
Pope Francis saw this image of Mary while he was a student in Germany, and promoted her veneration in Latin America. The painting was originally inspired by a meditation of martyred bishop St. Irenaeus, based on the parallel made by St. Paul between Adam and Christ. In turn, St. Irenaeus made a comparison between Eve and Mary, saying “Eve, by her disobedience, tied the knot of disgrace for the human race; whereas Mary, by her obedience, undid it.”
These knots represent the problems and struggles we face for which we do not see any solution. Students and staff of Lake Michigan Catholic Elementary School tied their own knots in union with Pope Francis, whose prayer life serves as a model for our own as we seek holy guidance to “untie the knots” and come closer to God.