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

1 "God hugs you. You are encircled by the arms of the mystery of God." Hildegard of Bingen

2 "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'

3 "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."

4 "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."

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

6 "'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.'"

7 "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."

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

9 "But who is God? God is Creator, God is constant birther of the universe, and we are called to be cocreators with God."

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

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

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

13 "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."

14 "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.'"

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

16 "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."

17 "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."

18 "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

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

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

21 "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

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

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

24 "All energy is interconnected."

25 "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?"

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite