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The Coming of the Cosmic Christ
Matthew Fox

1 "The Cosmic Christ – the 'pattern that connects' – can connect all persons in the context of the shared sacredness, the shared reverence and awe of our existence."

2 "God's Word is in all creation, visible and invisible. The Word is living, being, spirit, all verdant greening, all creativity. The Word manifests in every creature." Hildegard of Bingen

3 "In the Greek Fathers and in the medieval mystics, one of the most common themes in Cosmic Christ theology is a celebration of how common and omnipresent divinity is. Divinity is found in all creatures."

4 "The cosmos we live in is the one we choose to make. The worlds we live in ARE the worlds we choose to give birth to. Our soul is, as Meister Eckhart says, the world."

5 "The Divine One is the 'One who is with us', Emmanuel, 'God with us.'"

6 "The Cosmic Christ IS the 'pattern that connects' and connecting is what all wisdom is about, as the philosopher Gabriel Marcel points out: 'The true function of the sage is surely the function of linking together, of bringing into harmony….the sage is truly linked with the universe.'"

7 "Compassion is the 'keen awareness of the interdependence of all living things which are all part of one another and involved in one another,' as Thomas Merton observed."

8 "Politics will become the art of the people, the art of preserving and celebrating Mother Earth, the art of doing justice and keeping balance and harmony. Economics will become the art of planetary management, the art of living harmoniously within the necessary limits that the goods of the earth set for us, the art of common survival wherein all of creation and its immense wealth – which is its health – is celebrated in balance and harmony."

9 "Even small experiences of creation, such as mustard seeds, contain the divine."

10 "The fire at the center of the tepee, pipe, or of sweat lodge represents Wakan-Tanka, the Great Spirit within the world. How close this comes to Meister Eckhart's teaching that a 'spark of the soul' burns within every creature and every human that will never be extinguished and that this spark of the soul is the divine presence within us all. All of creation shares in this holiness."

11 "Inside, outside, o friends, all one." Kabir

12 "I foresee a renaissance, 'a rebirth based on a spiritual initiative', to use historian M. D. Chenu's definition, as the result of the outpouring of the Spirit. This new birth will cut through all cultures and all religions and indeed will draw forth the wisdom common to all vital mystical traditions in a global religious awakening I call 'deep ecumenism.'"

13 "Hildegard of Bingen teaches that prayer is essentially the inhaling and exhaling of the one breath of the universe."

14 "The Spirit is the One who 'makes all things new.'"

15 "Compassion is our universal heritage, our God-origin and our God-destiny. Compassion unites us, it forms the common 'field' that all creatures share."

16 "The Cosmic Christ is a 'pattern that connects' proton and galaxy, human and neutron, human and supernovas. The Cosmic Christ assures us that nothing is trivial for nothing is unconnected to the whole. All is a source of awe, wonder, wisdom, and the presence of the divine."

17 "The whole universe is the great world, the macrocosm; its parts are small universes in themselves, microcosms. Such a microcosm is man, who is in himself an image of the universe and a perfect being." Otto Rank, 'Art and Artist'

18 "God is the dazzling light that constitutes the creative center of all life and movement. In that Point every 'where' and every 'when' are centered." Dante, 'The Divine Comedy', translated by Matthew Fox

19 "Healing is still possible. This is the hope that the Cosmic Christ, wounded but resurrected, holds out to our times."

20 "We are truly God's sons and daughters, images of the childhood of divinity."

21 "Divinity is not outside us. We are in God and God is in us."

22 "Justice is not a human invention. It has been integral to creation from the very first second of the fireball when order (not chaos) emerged and when harmony and balance emerged from the struggle and the destruction of the evolving creation. This quest for justice has been integral to creation's unfolding ever since. It is evident even in our bodies and in our psyche's search for balance."

23 "Creatures can be called God's words, because they manifest God's mind just like effects manifest their causes." Thomas Aquinas

24 "The divine mystery and miracle of existence is laid bare in the unique existence of each atom, each galaxy, each tree, bird, fish, dog, flower, star, rock, and human."

25 "The Shalom of the Holy; the disclosure of the gracious Shekinah; Divine Wisdom; the empowering Matrix; She, in whom we live and move and have our being – She comes; She is here." Rosemary Ruether

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite