It took longer than I thought to complete The Sign of Jonas but I hit the finish line early this morning. What a ride! I would highly recommend the 1947 - 1952 journal of Fr. M. Louis Merton.
We all know him best as Thomas Merton even though he was simply born as Tom to Owen and Ruth. His religious name of Father M. Louis takes him back to 1250 and the only sainted King of France. The M. puts him in alinement with every Trappist Monk (and a long line of religious vocations) who carry the same first name. It is the eternal connection to Mary the mother of Jesus. Father Mary Louis Merton, Father Louie to his monastic friends, Thomas Merton to the publishing world.
Merton is well know as a contemporary mystic who focused on contemplative prayer. His journal entries in The Sign of Jonas take him through his ordination as a priest, to his leadership as the Novice Master, and on to a wonderful reflection called Fire Watch, July 4, 1952. Along the way, he speaks frequently about the nature of prayer.
He says that the various types and styles of prayer represent the same Spirit of God playing different strings of the same instrument. You are the instrument, the Holy Spirit is the musician, and the harmony of prayer that results is centered in God.
Merton doesn't offer this invitation, but I will. Make your music count! Enter into the concert of human desire as often as possible. The harmony of your heart will create the symphony of creation.