The Roots of "Fiat" in Our Catholic Faith
We don't own a fiat. We live a fiat.
I often get asked if my blog name is after the car brand, so I'm here to set the record straight (as well as kindly point you to our about me section). Fiat is deeply rooted in my Catholic faith.
Fiat starts in the Bible with the story of the Annunciation:
"In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her."
Mary's response to the angel is so beautiful to me. "Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." In latin it is written "Ecce ancilla Domini, fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum". This response is Mary's great yes to the Lord's plans for her life.
Despite her concerns, fears and worries she says yes. Knowing that what has been announced is physically impossible, she says yes. Aware of the likelihood of being stoned, she says yes. Understanding that this may ruin her betrothal to Joseph and all the other plans she had thought were in store for her life, she says yes. Even though it would be so much easier to say no, she says yes.
Fiat means yes!
So what do I mean by "Our Family Fiat"? I mean that this blog detailing our lives and thoughts is actually detailing our "yes".
We believe that marriage is more than a paper--that it is a mission. We believe that God has called us to love Him by loving each other well and that our family life is a vocation of freedom. We say yes to this vocation!
When its hard to make a gift of self, we say yes. Despite the many people who speak to us and about us negatively because of our family, we say yes. Aware of the many things and experiences we could have had as singles, we say yes. Even though we have sacrificed so much, we say yes.
It is not an easy life, but it is a most beautiful life. And I hope this blog blesses you by getting glimpses into our "yes" and maybe even encourage you to share your own.