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The Coming of the Cosmic Christ
Matthew Fox

1 "Our bodies are the temple that con-temples us with other temples, other bodies of the universe, bodies of stars, of suns, of earth, of winged, finned, four-legged and two-legged brothers and sisters, children all of a living God."

2 "Because all creatures contain the Word of God and express it, there is a radical equality of being that needs to be reverenced."

3 "To experience compassion and to identify with the suffering of others – as well as with their joy – is to experience the Divine One who suffers and rejoices in each person."

4 "Since 'every creature is a word of God' as Meister Eckhart put it, it follows that Mother Earth is a special word of God: a unique expression of divine wisdom, of divine maternity and caring, of divine creativity and fruitfulness."

5 "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."

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

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

8 "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."

9 "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."

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

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

12 "We have a responsibility to give back the cherished blessing of our lives with grace and gratitude. We must return blessing for blessing. Generativity and creativity have been built into the universe from the start."

13 "The holy omnipresence of the Divine One [is] in all things."

14 "The creation of the world is not only a process which moves from God to humanity. God demands newness from humanity; God awaits the works of human freedom." Nicolas Berdyaev

15 "We need to worship in circles again, preferably on the soil of Mother Earth wherever possible. Circles invite all creatures to be part of the grateful event and they allow the humans present to look each other in the eye while rounding and connecting themselves in step with the universe."

16 "Creativity is the fundamental law of the human psyche which constitutes a microcosm of the universe."

17 "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

18 "All creatures are interdependent." Meister Eckhart

19 "It is Love that moves the universe."

20 "This is, after all, what Jesus came to teach persons, is it not? We are all divine sons and daughters with divine dignity and responsibilities."

21 "Ours is a time of emerging awareness of the interconnectivity of all things."

22 "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

23 "Relation is the essence of everything that is." Meister Eckhart

24 "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'

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite