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

1 "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'

2 "'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.'"

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 "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'

5 "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."

6 "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

7 "Jewish Wisdom literature taught that the 'spirit of the Lord fills the whole universe' (Wis. 1:7). Jewish cosmology teaches that the universe is one and that we are part of it and can know our place in it."

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

9 "Now consider this: God is in everything, but God is nowhere as much as he is in the soul. There, where time never enters, where no image shines in, in the innermost and deepest aspect of the soul God creates the whole cosmos. Everything which God created millions of years ago and everything which will be created by God after millions of years – God is creating all that in the innermost and deepest realms of the soul." Meister Eckhart

10 "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."

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

12 "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'

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

14 "Hebrew Scriptures and creation mystics like Hildegard and Eckhart understand injustice as a rupture in the cosmos itself. Justice is NOT human invention – it is built into the universe itself."

15 "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."

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

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

18 "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."

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

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

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

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

23 "The oldest hymns of the Christian liturgy, those found in the epistles to the Ephesians (1:3-2:3), to the Colossians (1:15-20), and to the Philippians (2:6-11), celebrate the Cosmic Christ who 'fills the whole creation' and 'reconciles all thngs in heaven and all things on earth.'"

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

25 "All energy is interconnected."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite