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

1 "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."

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

3 "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

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

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

6 "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."

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

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

9 "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

10 "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'

11 "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?"

12 "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."

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

14 "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."

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

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

17 "All energy is interconnected."

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

19 "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."

20 "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."

21 "Justice, after all, is not an anthropocentric invention any more than is interdependence or compassion. Rather, in a living cosmology, justice as well as interdependence are laws of the universe and therefore laws by which humanity ought to be living."

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

23 "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."

24 "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."

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