Fiat

The Lord said “fiat lux” and there was light. When Jesus was teaching his disciples how to pray, he taught them “fiat voluntas Tua,” which means “Thy will be done.” 

Fiat. A short, four letter word with such a strong meaning behind it. Fiat is a latin word that means yes, but it is not just a yes. It means “let it be.” This is not a simple yes, but a full surrender to God’s will. In this surrender, we accept God’s will in the full, allowing Him control over our lives. It allows God to speak something new into our lives and allows us to acknowledge that His will is greater than all. The perfect example of a response of fiat is Mary the Mother of God. 

“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.” 
Luke 1:30-38 NABRE

Mary knew the risk that she was taking when she responded with her own fiat, with her own “let it be,” but she still said it. She still accepted the Lord’s will, knowing that there were uncertainties, knowing that there were risks, and knowing that there would be immense hardships. I believe that Mary’s fiat is a beautiful example to all of us, and we should follow in her footsteps. In my tradition, we can pray to Mary and ask her to help us soften our hearts to the Lord’s will. We can ask our mother to intercede for us and thank her for her own fiat to the Lord that brought our Savior into the world.

For many college students, there is much fear of the future. We don’t know what the future holds and sometimes even what tomorrow holds. We are asked to choose a career path and pursue a degree that we don’t even know what to do with yet. This is where fiat comes in.  The Lord is asking us to say fiat to his plans. 

We often want to hold onto things given to us by the Lord but he is asking us to say fiat and let them be. We often want to take control of our own lives. We want to be in control and do it all on our own, but fiat. Let it be. 

For me, this semester began with a lot of unknowns, and as I continue through this semester, I pray Fiat.Fiat, Lord, fiat. Let it be. Let your will be done.” My challenge to you is that you pray “Fiat”. I challenge you to surrender your will to the Lord and let His will be done. As you go throughout this semester, as you travel through the craziness that is life, I challenge you to say Fiat everyday. Let it be today and always, and trust that the Lord will always respond “fiat lux” and let there be light in your life. 


Emma Grace Johnson is a sophomore Religion and Psychology major. Being from the small town of Jefferson, GA, she knows how to cherish the simple things in life and loves reading, laughing late into the night, and meaningful coffee shop conversations. She’s passionate about her work and she always gives 110%. She is definitely a people person and is quick to start up conversations with complete strangers. Ask her about Theology of the Body or Catholic Social Teaching if you want to start a conversation.

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