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Wrestling with the Prophets, Essays on Creation Spirituality and Everyday Life
Matthew Fox

1 "Justice demands that we seek and find the stranger, the broken, the prisoner and comfort them and offer them our help. Here lies the holy compassion of God." Mechtild of Magdeburg

2 "Human beings give a home to the divine within them."

3 "Faith is said to drive out fear, and so does love. And the Father-Creator of all watches over even the sparrow falling from the nest, so there is no need to fear."

4 "The power of our ancestors is with us very much at this time."

5 "Compassion is an awareness of our ontological togetherness, of the kinship of all creation and all being."

6 "The spirit in the human person is our quest for the infinite." Thomas Aquinas

7 "There can be no thing that does not have within it the signature of God, the Creator of life, the living substance out of which all particular manifestations arise." Howard Thurman

8 "How nobly man is constituted by nature, and how divine is the state to which he can come by grace." Meister Eckhart

9 "The truly wise person kneels at the feet of all creatures." Mechtild of Magdeburg

10 "Beauty is the purpose of history; peace, harmony, unity, music are different words that express the same reality. To be religious is to give your life so that the world may be more beautiful, more just, more at peace; it is to prevent egotistical and self-serving ends from disrupting this harmony of the whole." Arturo Paoli, 'Meditations on Saint Luke'

11 "Meister Eckhart said, 'Become aware of what is in you, announce it, pronounce it, produce it, and give birth to it.' This passion for 'giving birth' is within each one of us. We all have an artist inside, we all want to give our images back to the community. That is the task in this moment of need for creativity."

12 "We are inevitably approaching a new age in which the world will throw off its chains and at last give itself up to the power of its inner affinities." Pierre Teilhard deChardin

13 "To manifest the 'sacred' ON the 'cosmos' and to manifest it IN the 'psyche' are the same thing…Cosmos and psyche are the two poles of the same 'expressivity'; I express myself in expressing the world; I explore my own sacrality in deciphering that of the world." Paul Ricoeur, 'The Symbolism of Evil'

14 "There cannot but be one wisdom….Humans must therefore all agree that there is but one most simple wisdom whose power is infinite." Nicholas of Cusa, 'Opera Omnia'

15 "God has arranged all things in the world in consideration of everything else." Hildegard of Bingen

16 "Our thinking about spirituality cannot take place from armchairs or academic towers but must include the dirtying of the hands, the stretching of the heart, the opening of the mystic inside….the encountering of our greatest mystics of the past and present, the struggle for justice on many levels of society and its institutions and of our psyches, and the coming together of mystical traditions of East, West, North, and South."

17 "In the whole of the history of the human race, no two musicians have spontaneously written the same song, no two painters have painted the same painting – an infinite capacity for creativity. If we want to remake our civilization, we must remake it around what is the Spirit in us: mind, heart, and creativity."

18 "It is no small thing to proclaim…that human beings are made in the 'image and likeness of God.'…Does it mean that every human being is an artist and that in this discovery of one's vocation to create is found the Creator of all?"

19 "Every time we birth beauty or justice or truth or compassion, we are cocreators with God birthing divinity itself."

20 "It is built into us to be able to bring about justice."

21 "The image of God in every person is precisely the imagination or the capacity of each person for creativity."

22 "Interrelatedness, seeing the oneness of all things and their interconnections, is the essence of compassion."

23 "Every single person is a unique expression of the Cosmic Christ. As the mystics say, everyone is a unique mirror of God."

24 "Deep ecumenism is needed today to bring forth the wisdom of all the world religions for the critical issues that our species faces at this..moment in earth history."

25 "All energy is interconnected."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite