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The Annunciation: Mary’s Fiat, Faith and Courage

Fiat, Faith and Courage Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation, the day when Mary gave her “fiat,” her yes, to becoming the Mother of God. Because of her fiat, she plays a pivotal role in God’s plan for salvation. Can you imagine where we would all be, if she had declined? I shudder to think! Yet, it was because of her fiat, that she conceived, without sin, her Son, Jesus; Our Lord and Redeemer. Her simple, yes, to God, set God’s plan in motion for His Son, Jesus, to be our Messiah; Our Savior.

Mary’s Fiat Took Faith and Courage

Agreeing to become the Mother of Our Lord was not an easy thing to agree to at this point in human history. You see, women who became pregnant outside of marriage were subject to being stoned to death. In addition, Mary had pledged her virginity to God. Therefore, conceiving a son, albeit the Son of God, would be seen by others as sinning against God and her betrothed, Saint Joseph. Mary’s fiat, placed her in danger. Yet her faith, and trust, in God gave her the courage to say yes.

We celebrate this day in thanksgiving to Mary for saying yes to this awesome joy and responsibility. Today, I reflect upon Mary’s response to the angel Gabriel.

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).

What is your Fiat?

If God asked something of us today, would we have the courage and faith to give the same response as Mary? I would like to say yes, that I would, but I have my doubts. Let’s pray today, asking Mary to grace us with just a smidgen of the faith and courage that she possessed, so that we, too, may give our fiat to God.

Mary, Queen of Heaven, please grace us with faith and courage, enough, to say yes to the call of God. We ask this through your Son, Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

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2 Responses to The Annunciation: Mary’s Fiat, Faith and Courage

  • We had a beautiful liturgy this morning at our motherhouse for the feast of the Annunciation. Very fittingly, because of the transference of the feast day, it also coincided with our congregation’s Founders Day. Your reflection captured quite well the link between Mary’s courage and that of our founder, Mother Francis Bachmann, an immigrant widow with four children, and her two companions in founding a community of women religious! Thank you for your sharing!

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