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

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

2 "One who is not grateful is not yet alive, for gratitude is born of awe, wonder, and reverence."

3 "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'

4 "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

5 "The ultimate vocation is to serve others by responding creatively to the needs of one's times."

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

7 "Prayer is about strengthening the heart. 'Courage' comes from the French words for a large heart, and that is what prayer is about."

8 "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."

9 "Everywhere people ask, 'What can I actually do?' The answer is as simple as it is disconcerting. We can, each of us, work to put our own inner house in order. The guidance we need for this work…can still be found in the traditinal wisdom of humankind." E. F. Schumacher, 'Small is Beautiful'

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

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

12 "The Cosmic Christ is the divine element, the divine 'I am', in every creature."

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

14 "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."

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

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

17 "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."

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

19 "There can be no love without justice. Or as Meister Eckhart puts it, 'love will never be anywhere except where equality and unity are.'"

20 "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'

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

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

23 "All energy is interconnected."

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite