Labyrinth

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The CLC labyrinth is part of a Memorial Garden with a fountain and columbarium that together remind us that in life and in death we belong to Christ. Installation was done in the summer of 2014 by many Boy Scouts and other volunteers as the Eagle Scout project of CLC member Maclain Schapler. The labyrinth is a seven circuit medieval style, modeled after the Chartres Labyrinth in France, which is the oldest surviving Christian labyrinth in the world.

A labyrinth can be described as a walking meditation or path of prayer. Walking the labyrinth is a way of praying with the body that invites the divine presence into an active conversation with the heart and soul. By engaging in this walking meditation, we are fully engaging our minds, bodies, and spirits at the same time. Labyrinths have ancient and anonymous origins and are therefore an archetype, a pattern that is universal to all of humanity. Labyrinths have been found in many cultures all over the world — on pottery, coins, tablets and tiles that date as far back as 5,000 years. Many patterns are based on spirals and circles mirrored in nature. Labyrinths are generally constructed on the ground so they may be walked along from entry point to center and back again. They are mostly constructed in the form of a circle, symbolizing unity, oneness or wholeness.

Labyrinths are used worldwide as a way to pray, quiet the mind, recover a balance in life, meditate, gain insight, self-reflect, reduce stress, and to discover innovation and celebration.

“As you follow a winding path… you might cry tears of grief or joy, solve the riddle of a messed-up family or work life, feel better about an illness, or gain spiritual insight.”  -LA Times