Follow that teenager

creche Jesus RGB mhYse6KAdvent is a great time to start thinking about the word fiat. No, not Fiat, the cute little Italian car (although that might be exciting to think about, too). Rather, fiat is the Latin word meaning, “Let it be done.” In the Catholic community, it refers to the young Mary’s response when the angel Gabriel announced she would conceive Jesus: “May it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). Mary’s fiat shows her complete willingness to do God’s will, even without fully understanding what it would mean for her.

Mary’s fiat and the high priority the church places on it can give us pause. Was that “yes” really such a big deal? Continue reading