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

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

2 "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

3 "'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.'"

4 "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."

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

6 "All energy is interconnected."

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

8 "Justice is not just a moral category for humans – it is a cosmic law, a cosmic 'habit', as scientist Rupert Sheldrake would say, into which humans can also fit. The quest for balance and equilibrium is built into our bodies, into our minds (dreams come to bring balance back when we are out of balanc)', and into the earth body."

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

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

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

12 "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

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

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

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

16 "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'

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

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

19 "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."

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

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

22 "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."

23 "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."

24 "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?"

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite