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

1 "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'

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

3 "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."

4 "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."

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

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

7 "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'

8 "Justice is not just a moral category for humans – it is a cosmic law, a cosmic 'habit', as scientist Rupert Sheldrake would say, into which humans can also fit. The quest for balance and equilibrium is built into our bodies, into our minds (dreams come to bring balance back when we are out of balanc)', and into the earth body."

9 "Compassionate healing by way of justice making is the greatest of the gifts we return to creation and the Creator."

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

11 "God is found not only in the light and glory of creation but also in absolute darkness."

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

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

14 "The image I have of the Godhead is a great big cosmic Mama with creation on her lap."

15 "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?"

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

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

18 "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'

19 "Deep ecumenism is about shared heart work; it is the coming together of spiritual practioners to do heart work together no matter what our particular religious backgrounds."

20 "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

21 "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."

22 "We are in divinity and the divinity is in us…- and by 'we' I do not mean merely the two-legged ones but the entire universe: atoms and galaxies, rain and whales, trees and fish, dogs and rabbits, and humans too."

23 "Spirit works to bring persons together today around the Good News of humanity's power and responsibility to heal Mother Earth, to celebrate our shared existence, and to revere creation."

24 "'If I spent enough time with a caterpillar', [Meister] Eckhart vows, 'I would never have to prepare a sermon because one caterpillar is so full of God.'"

25 "The Goddess tradition is about divinity's immanence in all things."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite