We were without
doubt guided to your website by the Holy Mother. In my early childhood (from 5yrs old)
I was some five years in foster home and suffered almost daily violent physical,
psychological, racial, and emotional abuse. I was also sexually molested by a male colleague
of my foster father and feared for my life on that day. I buried this for over forty years
only to wake up in November 2016 with my life “over the cliff” in a moderate/severe
I converted to Catholicism some 11 years ago having traveled a spiritual journey initially
in Pentecostalism and then through various denominations until Christ guided me to the His
true Church and all the riches therein.
My wife and I have always followed a traditional and mystical Catholic pathway, and so your
encouragement to to pursue a mystical path of healing was welcome and necessary. I also
kept a devotion to Our Lady Undoer of Knots for some four months initially. Whilst the
encouragement (via your site) on that mystical path was necessary, much of the psychoanalytical
explanations brought light to so much confusion.
I am now some nine months on the pathway of recovery and back to work after seven months away.
It has bothered me that even in this tenth month of recovery I do still have daily issues
(anxiety/desolation) which are uncomfortable but manageable through turning to the cross,
surrender and resignation to God’s Will, and devotion to the Holy Mother. Can I suppose
that issues even after ten months would not be uncommon and probably expected? How much I
would like to reach that place where these daily issues have passed; however, the spiritual
growth through this dark time has been the great reward.
ow that you have awakened to the truth of your
childhood trauma, the memories of that abuse will, in the future, always be a part of your
psychological experience. That is, those memories can be hidden through psychological defenses
but they cannot be erased from your mind. Furthermore, whenever those memories come to your mind,
there will be
temptations for you to savor thoughts of
anger, hatred, and revenge, despite the fact that you know that acting
on those temptations would be a sin.
Because the temptations are a natural aspect of our
humanity, and because the understanding of the need to resist sin is an aspect of the spirit,
you will find yourself in a conflict between the flesh and the spirit, as Saint Paul described
in his letter to the Galatians (5:17). It will be a conflict between serving God and serving
your own satisfaction. In psychoanalytic language, this sort of psychological conflict can be
called a snarl, or a knot, in your unconscious mind.
So, as difficult as it is, these sorts of
temptations will occur throughout the remainder of your life. Your memories of abuse will
want to send you into anger, anxiety, and
doubt. You will be tormented with
false beliefs that send you into
self-sabotage and procrastination.
You will want to harbor anger at your abusers,
you will feel anxious about the future, and you will even
doubt whether God cares about you. It can be emotional torment at
Only through healing
work will the pain be alleviated, and only through desire and
prayer can the work be sustained; only through
trust in God’s justice and providence will the
anger and anxiety be contained, but even then, because the memories of the abuse cannot be
erased, temptations to anger and anxiety will always be a threat.
Although many persons fall prey to
defenses of sexuality, drugs, alcohol, or food to numb the
emotional pain, the only healthy remedy is to encounter and feel the pain through persistent
healing work and then to have a willingness to sit calmly and quietly
before God in prayer with all your emotional pain.
Feel the pain—but feel it without anger.
Admit that you cannot make others act as you would like them to act. Admit your
helplessness before God. Admit that without God you are nothing.
Admit that only God can protect you. Feel the nothingness and accept it. Accept that only in your
helplessness and nothingness will you ever receive a mission from God to do anything
meaningful in the world.
Still, in the midst of all this torment and
helplessness, renounce the false beliefs that say, “I don’t
matter” and “I am worthless” in repetitive vilification. Cling always to the belief that to
God you are precious, and that if you renounce sin and seek to live a
pure and holy life, in His great mercy
God will guide you through the pain.
Undoing the Knots
In essence, this sitting with the pain and
giving it to God is a way of fighting a battle against
evil with no weapons other than your love for God. And what a gift
it was that through Our Lady it has been revealed to you that this healing process is not a
matter of cutting away the pain and getting rid of it but
is instead a matter of undoing the knots of your unconscious through psychological
exploration, spiritual scrutiny, and steadfast, quiet prayer and
trust in God.
So even though these daily issues will never pass
in this life, the joy is that in fighting them in every moment with
love for God you can stay intimately close to God through Our Lady Undoer of Knots.
Our Lady has never appeared without a veil in
any legitimate apparition.
Therefore, to depict her without a veil is sacrilege.
Accordingly, for love of her dignity, I have corrected this image.