Observation #6: Undoing the Undoable Knots

If there's one thing we want--all of us--it's that our undoable knots would be undone. My friends at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe, New Mexico reminded me of this yesterday.

We drove south through the Rockies, crossed the New Mexico border, and pulled into #SantaFe. We went straight to the Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi, and walked the grounds. Behind the Cathedral was this stunning statue, a beautiful depiction of Mary Undoer of Knots.

For those of you scratching your head and asking who is this Mary and what knots she’s undone, consider this (from the Catholic Herald):

“St. Irenaeus of Lyons was the first to describe the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Untier of Knots in his Adversus haereses (‘Against Heresies.’) The saint creates an analogy between Eve and the Virgin Mary, describing how ‘the knot of Eve’s disobedience was loosed by the obedience of Mary. For what the virgin Eve had bound fast through unbelief, this did the Virgin Mary set free through faith.’”

And for the skeptics in the room, it’s worth mentioning that Irenaeus was the student of Polycarp, who learned the good news from St. John. #photography #travel #catholic #cathedral

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