Then Mary turned to the servants and said to them, “Do whatever he tells you.”John 2:5
“Do whatever he tells you.”
These are Mary’s last recorded words in the Bible, and they still apply to us today.
She points us toward her son and gently tells us to follow him, doing whatever he tells us to do. Her advice helps us to grow in holiness. She guides us to Sainthood. As the one who has always followed God perfectly and always will do God’s will perfectly, we should strive to emulate Mary. This journey begins with saying “yes,” but not just any “yes.” When we accept God’s will for our lives, we should do so humbly and completely, without hesitating or reserving anything.
Mary’s yes fits this description as she gave God her fiat, which is Latin for “let it be done.” As of February 14th, I allowed God’s will to be done for me by embarking on Fiat 90.
What is Fiat 90?
For those of you who have heard of Exodus 90, a Catholic men’s retreat, Fiat 90 will sound familiar. Fiat 90 is a 90 day retreat for Catholic women who want to accept God’s call to holiness in a radical way. It helps us to live in the world and not of it by putting many small sacrifices, fasts, and prayers together to change our lives in a big way.
For 90 days, I’ll be doing my best to praise the Lord through my body, mind, and soul in various ways. With my body, I’ll praise him by not eating sweets or deserts, going to bed by midnight, waking up with my first alarm, and doing back and core exercises 6 times a week. I’ll praise him with my mind by not gossiping or complaining, limiting my use of social media, and only listening to things that point me toward God. With my soul, I’ll praise him by going to daily Mass on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in addition to my Sunday obligation, going to Confession once a week, and saying a 54-day Rosary Novena. I know that this sounds like a lot, but I’m doing all of these things and more in the name of responding to God’s call to holiness and living in the world and not of it.
On May 13th, the Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima, Fiat 90 will be over. My hope and prayer is that by May 13th, I’ll be closer to Jesus Christ and more open to his will for my life. I’ll have a greater love for Mary as my mother and a better understanding of how to give God my fiat with humility and to live my fiat with joy. I’ll realize my identity as a daughter of the Lord and of the blessings that he continuously grants me. I know that I won’t do Fiat 90 perfectly. As much as I’ll try to avoid it, I expect to I’ll fall short, I’ll make mistakes, and I’ll give into temptation. I hope that you’ll join me in praying for the humility to admit when I messed up and for the courage to continue with Fiat 90 when it gets difficult.
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Preparing for Sainthood
Ever since I made my Marian Consecration on January 1st, 2020, I felt called to live for the Lord more intentionally. I learned to find little ways to say yes to God throughout my day, like making prayer a priority, fasting, being more intentional about intercessory prayer, and surrounding myself with holier media.
Lately, I find myself displeased and even disliking this world. This is probably because of the progress that I’ve made in my faith journey. I’m now more aware of the fact that the world is not our final destination. We’re pilgrims traveling though this world to get to heaven. Fiat 90 is a beautiful way to live the Kingdom on Earth and to remember that while everything around us is temporary, Jesus is eternal and we should set our sights on him. I’m doing Fiat 90 because I know that it’ll prepare me for Sainthood and to be with Jesus in Heaven for eternity. For these reasons, please pray for me and for all of the women embarking on Fiat 90 this year.