Saying “Yes” with the Holy Spirit

She’s the underrated of the three. I’m talking about the Holy Spirit. You hit your thumb with a hammer and whose name is mentioned? One of the other two. You confess your misuse of one of those names when you should be welcoming into your life the unsung of our mighty Trinity – The Holy Spirit.

Holy. What does that mean? Does it begin with attitude and then move to action or is it the reward we place upon others at their passing? Or, being practical, could it not be a lifelong process in our lifelong journey of saying “Yes” to all the goodness and sadness that life heaves on us. I chose the last sentence. It’s not fishing nets that Jesus calls us to but it’s our daily “Yes” and then filtered those those seven gifts that that underrated Person provides for us.

Do you have a current problem or quandary? Our culture tells us to make a list; pros on one side and cons on the other. It involves a lot of thinking (very tiring) and creating a straight vertical line on a piece of paper (awkwardly troublesome.) Holiness calls us to sit down, quiet yourself and shut up. “Be filled with the Holy Spirit,” says how many of our prayers.

God created and sustains. Jesus Christ shows us how it’s all done. The Holy Spirit breathes into us the fortitude, and six other virtues, we call the gifts from Her. She was called, “Ghost” for centuries until we realized how important and vital She is to dealing and handling life.

We know the Trinity and we also know our own three names, “Me, Myself and I.” Dealt with separately and you have a self-centered and one-sided view of life. Put them together and you have The Holy Spirit’s plural, “Us.” You’ve become a person, an individual concerned with your own life as well as watching the evening news with a tear shared for all the bad and the good in our world.

The Holy Spirit asks each of us, “How do our words impact/affect the lives of others?” “How do my decisions impact/affect the lives of others?” “How can my life become ‘Holy’ through Her seven gifts?”

St. Peter made how many mistakes and misspoken words and he got a basilica named after him…and a Chair!

Take this home and think about it. Holiness is saying “Yes” to the least part of us and making it the greatest. (I don’t know why I wrote that but I believe it to be true.) Pray about the least becoming your greatest.

That’s The Holy Spirit, that is holiness.

So, next time you hit your thumb with a hammer – turn to The Holy Spirit and say, “Oh, Holy Spirit!” “Fill me with your virtues. Fill me with love for myself. Fill me with a deep concern for others. When I finally empty myself through silence and prayer, please, fill me up with your steady and wonderful virtues.”

Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, Fear of the Lord.



About Rev. Joe Jagodensky, SDS.

A Roman Catholic priest since 1980 and a member of the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians). Six books on the Catholic church and U.S. culture are available on
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1 Response to Saying “Yes” with the Holy Spirit

  1. Maureen Danforth says:

    Loved this homily and love that you’ve found your way back to St. Sebastian’s 🙂


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