So the mission continues, even after coming home.
World Youth Day in Panama was incredible and something I will never forget. Prior to that, Rise Up was another amazing experience that set a fire in my heart and soul.
With so much fire, energy, and readiness, I'm ready to tackle my next mission: Fiat 90.
But what is Fiat 90?
Fiat 90 can be looked at in a number of ways. It is a 90 day fast from distractions. It is 90 days of intense prayer. It is 90 days of physical challenge. It will test body, mind, and spirit.
Similar to what some men are doing through Exodus 90, Fiat 90 is a spiritual exercise for Catholic women. We are all called to greatness and to do great things in our life to glorify God, and this is one of the ways that we can clearly hear what it is that God has in store for us.
We're challenged to free ourselves from the things that may hold us back. We're called to sacrifice the things that we may indulge in, whether it is social media, snacking, alcohol, gossiping, Netflix... the list is endless.
Admittedly, these are all things that I struggle with. While these have held some control over my life, prayer and my spiritual life have taken a back seat.
Starting tomorrow, and for the rest of my life, this needs to change.
This isn't to say that things like the occasional drink, dessert, or Netflix is bad. We are called to enjoy ourselves and be happy. But when these things take over our lives and become addictions, we lose our own freedom and agency. We turn to these things to give us gratification, happiness, and affirmation, when we should be seeking deeper connections with others and God.
Knowing myself, I know I will be tempted in a variety of ways. It will be like Lent on steroids. But I'm confident that God will give me the strength to push through the temptations and come out even stronger at the end of this.
But why are you doing FIat 90, beyond all these temptations?
Those who take part in Exodus 90 or other similar programs are called to have a why. And having a why makes any challenge more worthwhile. By having a why, we have a reason to take on the challenge. We strive to succeed in this why.
My why is simple. This year, I committed to God and gave Him my yes, or my Fiat. It was a commitment that I would do anything He wanted me to do, say anything He wanted me to say, and go anywhere He wanted me to go (shout out to CCO). But in order to give myself fully, I need to be fully available and present. And I recognize that there are a few things that are holding me back. For one, my prayer life is pretty sparse. My knowledge of the faith is about the same. I also have a lot of things like social media, over-eating, and laziness that I am really attached to.
It means going outside of my comfort zone, breaking bad habits, and moving to form a more intentional relationship with Christ and others around me.
As I go through this mission, I humbly ask you to pray for me and the ladies who I am doing Fiat 90 with, as well as all the men who are doing Exodus 90.
In turn, how can I pray for you?
I will be away from social media for the next 90 days, but I will be available by text, Facebook messenger, and email. I would love to meet, chat, and pray with you and for you. Please don't hesitate to reach out!