This is Mary:
When the angel Gabriel came to her as a teenage girl and told her that God wanted her to bear His Son, she replied, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Or in Latin: “dixit autem Maria ecce ancilla Domini fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum et discessit ab illa angelus.” (Or so the internet tells me.)
The word “fiat” means an official decree or to give sanction to something. In Latin it means “let there be” or “let it happen/exist.” For example, in Genesis when God said “Let there be light” the Latin phrase is “fiat lux.”
When Catholics refer to Mary’s fiat we are referring to Mary’s submission to the will of God. “Let it be done to me according to your word.”
All of us are called to respond like Mary to God’s calls to us in our own lives–to say yes to God’s will–even if that only means doing ANOTHER pile of dirty dishes or reading the same children’s book for the millionth time.
This here blog is a little part of my fiat, where I’m trying to be brave and witness to my faith. And I’ll document some of the rest of my life, where I’m trying to keep saying “yes.”
Things I like: Catholicism. Coffee. Reading. Baking. Philosophizing aloud to my husband, who encourages my writing so that he doesn’t have to hear it all the time.
I’m kind of crunchy–cloth diapers, natural birth, whole foods, coconut oil, blah blah blah. I probably won’t blog about that a whole lot.
I have a sweet-and-stubborn 2-year-old named Alexander, and a little Tommy born in September.
I am having a hard time dropping the habit of using two spaces after a period.
Want to know more? Feel free to ask in the comments! I’d love to hear from you!
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