Priest: Mary can undo ‘knots of evil’ in society
The Diocese of Novaliches has been promoting devotion to the Mary Untier of Knots since Dec. 8, 2015. PHOTO BY MINNIE AGDEPPA
By Minnie Agdeppa
September 29, 2017
With the country beset by seemingly unending cases of unexplained deaths, a priest provides a solution to end “evil” through the devotion to Mary, Untier of Knots.
“With Mary’s intercessions, our Lord Jesus frees us from all that separate us from God’s love,” said Kristong Hari Parish Priest Fr. Roland Jaluag during an interview.
The priest also noted how “Pope Francis, the number one devotee to Mary, Untier of Knots” has encouraged the faithful to surrender their “knots” to Mary.
Knots of sins
“Our country faces so many knots: killings, impunity, drug addiction, corruption, human trafficking,” he noted.
Deemed the “Future Shrine of the Youth” in the Diocese of Novaliches, Kristong Hari Parish has been actively promoting devotion to Mary, Untier of Knots for two years now since Novaliches Bishop Antonio R. Tobias, DD, declared it a diocesan devotion on Dec. 8, 2015.
“What are these knots? These could be our sins, our evil desires, and deeds,” explained Jaluag.
The priest said the devotion to Mary, Untier of Knots, who is called Inang Desay in the diocese, is particularly promoted among the youth. “It is our hope to bring the youth closer to the Church. And the Church closer to the youth.”
To Jesus through Mary
The parish also invites the youth to come every Thursday for the novena Masses and to write on a piece of paper what they consider “knots” in their life, tying it into the string of knots the image of Mary Untier of Knots holds. The image also goes on pilgrimage every 8th of the month to various parishes in the diocese to promote the said devotion.
“It is the mission of Mary to bring her children closer to Jesus. By Mary’s example, motherly care and prayers, the youth deepen their love and knowledge of Jesus. The very act of tying one’s knots on Mary’s rope of life attracts the youth to seek for Mary’s inspiration as they journey with and to Jesus,” he said.
Answered prayers printed in the parish leaflet include passing the board examination, job promotion, salary increase, approval of U.S. visa, healing of various illnesses, and even the reconciliation of married couples.
Pope Francis first spoke about her on Oct. 12, 2013, Marian Day in the Year of Faith.
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