A fiat to an incomplete understanding. When Dan, father of two, suddenly lost his job, what followed was months of interview after interview, with no offers. His wife, Lisa Marie, says that during this time they struggled to understand why nothing was working out, but they kept their faith and prayed that God would lead them.
Finally, two years after he lost his job, Dan received an offer for one of the first positions he had applied for—a position that he had thought at the time was an excellent fit. “The candidate the organization had hired instead of Dan didn’t work out for them,” Lisa Marie says. “So two years later, when they once again needed to fill the position, Dan was still available.” Looking back now, the couple is thankful that Dan didn’t get an offer for the other positions. Dan and Lisa Marie’s faith in the midst of the job search, when they were unable to see how the situation would turn out, was their fiat.
Helping children to find their fiat. By the time children are school-aged, parents can help them to turn to God as they make decisions. Maureen, mother of five, explains that she and her husband are intentional in their approach: “In our house we often talk to our children about God’s plan for their lives. We encourage them to follow their passions, but always to pray about and be open to God’s will, as God already has a plan for them. We encourage them to make choices that are aligned with God’s will.” Here’s a couple helping their children to learn the spirit of fiat.
By Annemarie Scobey, from the pages of At Home with Our Faith, Claretian Publications’ print newsletter for parents on nurturing spirituality in the home. Winner of the Best in Class award in 2014 from the Associated Church Press, as well as a First Place General Excellence award from the Catholic Press Association for four years running. Here’s a sample issue.
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