Meet the "Fiat" the Goldfish!


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The waiting is over!

The votes have been tabulated!

… and the winner is:

cover Grace of Yes 3DFiat!

I want to personally thank all of you who participated in our amazing Name the Goldfish initiative. As I mentioned here, this little goldfish, now named “Fiat”, has become a symbol for the themes addressed in The Grace of Yes.

I was thrilled to have so many fantastic nominations. Because the name “Fiat” was nominated by seven different people to benefit seven different charities, the donation will be split among the winners. The second place goldfish name “Polycarp” (nominated by two friends) and third place “Blaze” will also be receiving their prizes soon.

Again, thank you to every one of you who participated by sharing your names and charities.

Friends of Fiat

Beginning on Monday, I will be kicking off a long-term “Friends of Fiat” series where we will look at what I’m calling “The Grace of Yes in Action”. This series will begin with a weeklong celebration of the book’s launch by sharing the stories of the seven charities who were nominated by our contest winners. Each day, we’ll tell you about one of the organizations, about why they exemplify “The Grace of Yes” and about how you can support them with your generosity and prayers.

Friends of Fiat

For today, I would like to share why some of our contest winners thought that “Fiat” was the perfect name for our goldfish:

  • “Fiat” is the Latin term used for the “yes” of the Blessed Mother when she freely chose to accept the path the Lord had chosen her to live. “Be it done unto me according to your word.” That’s what the grace of “yes” is all about. Barb S.
  • Fiat is the first name I thought of since this is what Mary gave when she gave her humble and generous Yes, “Let it be done to me according to Your Will”, to God. From her Fiat, God’s Mercy was released and, like John in Elizabeth’s womb, we can all jump for joy at Mary’s Fiat that gave birth to her Son, her Savior. Erika M.
  • The Grace of Yes implies a holy and divine FIAT… aka “yes” so how about a FIAT FISH!? I love it. Alexis W.
  • Fiat mean yes. It means giving a total yes – in total surrender. Mary taught us that in the New Testament. Her Fiat allowed her to be used as a vessel for salvation, and Our Blessed Mother teaches us everyday to give our own Fiat. Mary W.

Be sure to join us on Monday when we begin to unveil the first seven “Friends of Fiat” in celebration of the official launch of The Grace of YesUntil then, I ask for your prayerful support for the book and those who will be touched by this work.

To preorder The Grace of Yes and support with your purchase click here.

Copyright 2014 Lisa M. Hendey


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.


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