Our Lady, Undoer of Knots: A Living Novena is a unique guided meditation from veteran Catholic journalist Marge Fenelon, who has created a new devotional practice from this classic novena that is a favorite of Pope Francis.
Since the seventeenth century, Catholics facing seemingly insurmountable obstacles have turned to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots through a special novena—nine days of prayer for divine intervention. Catholic columnist Marge Fenelon resurrects this ancient tradition, also known as the Unfailing Novena, by reflecting on nine sacred sites associated with Pope Francis’s 2014 pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Reflecting on such holy places as Bethlehem, the Mount of Olives, and the Temple Mount, Fenelon helps readers explore the “knots” or impossible situations in their own lives in order to find peace.
Marge Fenelon has been writing for Catholic and secular publications for nearly two decades. More than fifteen years ago, she decided to leave behind the secular business world in order to focus her talents and energies on serving the Church and Catholic media. She is a longtime contributor to a variety of Catholic and secular publications—including Our Sunday Visitor and National Catholic Register. Fenelon is also a contributor to Catholic Lane, Integrated Catholic Life, CatholicMom.com, and Catholic Exchange. Her column, “The Whirl,” appears in the Milwaukee Catholic Herald and has won favorable reviews from laity and clergy alike. She is the author of several books related to Marian devotion and Catholic family life.
Fenelon is a regular guest on EWTN’s Son Rise Morning Show and has appeared on many others, including Conversation with the Cardinal with Cardinal Dolan, Relevant Radio’s Morning Air, and Spirit Catholic Radio’s Inside the Pages. She is an enthusiastic speaker, and has invigorated audiences in a variety of venues. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a certificate in spiritual mentoring from Cardinal Stritch University. Fenelon also holds a certificate in Marian studies from the International Marian Research Institute and is a member of the Mariological Society of America. She lives in Milwaukee.
"Exceptional and inspiring, this armchair pilgrimage and prayer guide will help to untangle even the most vicious knots in our lives. Combining Pope Francis’s Holy Land pilgrimage, her own pilgrimage experiences, and the seventeenth-century novena to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots, Marge Fenelon fashioned this heartfelt novena. A must read!"
Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle
EWTN host and author of Rooted in Love
"In Our Lady, Undoer of Knots, Marge Fenelon has written the book I wish I had written! Marge’s beautiful, evocative and poetic application of the devotion to a pilgrimage in the Holy Land takes my breath away. I not only feel like I have walked the ground where Jesus and Mary walked, but Marge’s heartfelt prayers and meditations opened a deeper appreciation of the way Mary does undo the knots of our lives—if we invite her in. Whether you read it as an armchair pilgrimage or as a devotional or use it to pray a novena, this guided meditation is an absolute treasure of faith."
Author of 365 Saints
"As I read this book, many times did I feel that the Holy Spirit was speaking to my heart as I recalled my own trip to the Holy Land. Using the form of a novena, Marge Fenelon takes us on a journey through the sacred sites visited by the Holy Father during his historic pilgrimage. Each day tackles a different knot—injustice, separation, confusion, hopelessness, grief and loss, discord, betrayal, envy and pride, and affliction—both as they relate to the situation is the land where Jesus lived as well as in our own lives. It was a joy reading this book."
Diana von Glahn
Producer and host of The Faithful Traveler
"Pope Francis brought Our Lady, Undoer of Knots out of obscurity into a living reality for our everyday lives. Marge Fenelon has taken this reality and provided a roadmap enveloped in a novena tied to the Holy Land to help us untie the most common knots that prevent us from living a truly joy-filled life. This book will help you firmly place the ribbon of your life in the hands of Our Lady where she will become your advocate in ways you never imagined possible. Buy this book. Read it, pray with it and then share it with someone you know who is searching for freedom from a troubled heart."
Founder of Carmel Communications