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The Sign of Jonas The Sign of Jonas by Thomas Merton
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“Keeping a journal has taught me that there is not so much new in your life as you sometimes think. When you re-read your journal you find out that your latest discovery is something you already found out five years ago. Still, it is true that one penetrates deeper and deeper into the same ideas and the same experiences.”
Thomas Merton, The Sign of Jonas
“I will no longer wound myself with the thoughts and questions that have surrounded me like thorns: that is a penance You do not ask of me.”
Thomas Merton, The Sign of Jonas
“God makes us ask ourselves questions most often when He intends to resolve them. He gives us needs that He alone can satisfy, and awakens capacities that He means to fulfill. Any perplexity is liable to be a spiritual gestation, leading to a new birth and a mystical regeneration.”
Thomas Merton, The Sign of Jonas
“I once thought that would be the consummation of all joy—to be united by a bond of love—to be lost in His presence there as if nothing else mattered.

"And now—there is much more. Instead of myself and my Christ and my love and my prayer, there is the might of a prayer stronger than thunder and milder than the flight of doves rising up from the Priest who is the Center of every priest, shaking the foundations of the universe and lifting up—me, Host, altar, sanctuary, people, church, abbey, forest, cities, continents, seas and worlds to God and plunging everything into Him.”
Thomas Merton, The Sign of Jonas
“It does no good to use big words to talk about Christ. Since I seem incapable of talking about him in the language of a child, I have reached the point where I can scarcely talk about him at all. All my words fill me with shame.”
Thomas Merton, The Sign of Jonas
“Concerning solitude: most of the accidents of community life need not seriously concern me—differences of opinion, other people’s ideas of the spiritual life, the kind of organ music that seems to please many. Why should I bother about all that? It is none of my business.”
Thomas Merton, The Sign of Jonas
“They seem too technical, and I need not literature but the living God. Sitivit anima mea. The strong living God. I burn with the desire for His peace, His stability, His silence, the power and wisdom of His direct action, liberation from my own heaviness. I carry myself around like a ton weight.”
Thomas Merton, The Sign of Jonas
“The simplest and most effective way to sanctity is to disappear into the background of ordinary everyday routine.”
Thomas Merton, The Sign of Jonas
“There are different kinds of fear. One of the most terrible is the sensation that you are likely to become, at any moment, the protagonist in a Graham Greene novel: the man who tries to be virtuous and who is, in a certain sense, holy, and yet who is overwhelmed by sin as if there were a kind of fatality about it.”
Thomas Merton, The Sign of Jonas
“Above all things have charity, which is the bond of perfection and may the peace of Christ exult in your hearts in which you are called unto one Body. And be grateful.”† It seems to me that all mystical theology is contained in those two lines.”
Thomas Merton, The Sign of Jonas