"Eve, by her disobedience, tied the knot of disgrace for the human race; whereas Mary, by her obedience, undid it." Saint Irenaeus
But what are these knots?
They are the problems and struggles we face for which we do not see any solution. Knots of discord in your family, lack of understanding between parents and children, disrespect, violence, the knots of deep hurts between husband and wife, the absence of peace and joy at home. They are also the knots of anguish and despair of separated couples, the dissolution of the family, the knots of a drug addict son or daughter, sick or separated from home or God, knots of alcoholism, the practice of abortion, depression, unemployment, fear, solitude…Ah, the knots of our life! How they suffocate the soul, beat us down and betray the heart’s joy and separate us from God.
Why a Novena? Why nine days?
Mary stayed for nine days surrounded by the apostles in the cenacle, praying for the presence of the Holy Spirit.
In this persevering type of prayer, she taught us the constancy and ardor of faith, so that we do not get discouraged when directing a petition to God. The Mother of God prayed and gave courage to the apostles to pray for the duration of nine days, in order to receive the most important and precious treasure for human life - The Holy Spirit.
We need to learn to persevere because it is written in Ecclesiasticus 2,15-16, "Woe to them that are fainthearted, who believe not God; Woe to them that have lost patience" and James says, "But ask in faith, never doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind; for the doubter, being double-minded and unstable in every way, must not expect to receive anything from the Lord." ( James 1,6-8).