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The Coming of the Cosmic Christ
Matthew Fox

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

2 "Each creature is a witness to God's power and omnipotence; and its beauty is a witness to the divine wisdom….Every creature participates in some ways in the likeness of the Divine Essence."

3 "It is Love that moves the universe."

4 "The Cosmic Christ IS the 'pattern that connects' and connecting is what all wisdom is about, as the philosopher Gabriel Marcel points out: 'The true function of the sage is surely the function of linking together, of bringing into harmony….the sage is truly linked with the universe.'"

5 "The ancient and long obsolete idea of man as a microcosm contains a supreme psychological truth that has yet to be discovered." Jacobe and Hull, 'Jung'

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

7 "In the Greek Fathers and in the medieval mystics, one of the most common themes in Cosmic Christ theology is a celebration of how common and omnipresent divinity is. Divinity is found in all creatures."

8 "Hildegard of Bingen teaches that prayer is essentially the inhaling and exhaling of the one breath of the universe."

9 "May we grant one another the opportunity to live out our dreams, to care for the wounded child in one another, and to pass on to others still unborn an earth as alive and diverse and wondrous as the one we have inherited."

10 "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

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

12 "We are truly God's sons and daughters, images of the childhood of divinity."

13 "The Cosmic Christ is the crucified and suffering one in every creature, just as much as the Cosmic Christ is the radiant one, the divine glistening and glittering in every creature."

14 "The heartbeat of the Cosmic Christ fills the universe with overflowing love, binding all things together on earth and in heaven."

15 "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."

16 "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."

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

18 "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."

19 "Like fish in water and the water in the fish, creation is in God and God is in creation."

20 "Every person has a gift to give the community."

21 "Every creature is a ray of God, a radiance of God, a divine expression of God."

22 "What is it we are always being told to behold in Jesus' parables? The divine presence everywhere."

23 "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."

24 "The Shalom of the Holy; the disclosure of the gracious Shekinah; Divine Wisdom; the empowering Matrix; She, in whom we live and move and have our being – She comes; She is here." Rosemary Ruether

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite