Laura and I have a three-year-old son named Aaron. He is obsessed with his mother. He follows her wherever she goes; he often does not let anyone hug him other than his mother; he will walk across the entire house to ask her a question even if he is right next to me. If Laura is able to give Aaron the attention he wants, she can make anything better.
I’m sure this mother/toddler scenario is familiar for many parents. It speaks to a truth about the nature of motherhood and the importance that a mother has in a child’s life. A mother has the power to take away pain and heal wounds unlike anyone else in one’s life.
“Mary, Untier of Knots” is a beautiful painting by Johann Georg Melchior Schmidtner from the 1700s depicting the Blessed Mother untying knots with the assistance of angels. This image has been venerated by people seeking intercession for healing from disease, family wounds, infertility, and mental health.
Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to honor our mothers and to highlight the special role that the Blessed Virgin Mary plays in the life of the church. Let us seek Mary’s intercession and ask her to heal the wounds in our own lives and protect the hearts of our children.
Mary, Untier of Knots, pray for us!