Prayer Labyrinths

In a recent chapel service, the Solus Christus Fellows program shared about the Christian meditative practice of prayer labyrinths. Using Travis Scholl’s Walking the Labyrinth, Solus Christus Fellows reflected on passages from the Psalms and the Gospel of Mark to highlight what it means to seek and grow in our relationship with the Lord.

Two prayer labyrinths are on loan from the Wisdom Ways Center at St. Catherine’s University. They are for the entire CSP campus to use and will be located in the chapel for the next several days. We hope that they would be a useful meditation tool to help you, in the midst of the busyness of life, to be still and focus your mind on God. If you do use the labyrinths, we as that you take your shoes off before walking them.

WHAT IS A PRAYER LABYRINTH?
Labyrinths are a walking meditation tool that enables you, in the
midst of the busyness of life to be still, focusing your mind on
God. A labyrinth contains a single walking path to the center and
then back out again. It has many turns but, unlike mazes, does
not have dead ends.

HOW TO WALK A PRAYER LABYRINTH?
There is no single right way to walking the labyrinth, but you may
find the following guidelines to be useful:

  1. Intentionally offer this time up to the Lord. If there is
    something weighing on your heart or a direction you feel God
    leading you, you might choose to include this in your walk.
  2. On the walk inward, you might meditate on a Scripture
    passage (see reverse side for suggested passages), or talk and
    listen to God about a particular topic or question. Give your cares
    and distractions over to Him. God is with you in this walk and in
    your daily walk with Him.
  3. When you arrive in the center, rest and rejoice in the Lord’s
    presence. God longs to be the center of your life.
  4. On the walk outward, think about how you will take what God
    is saying to you back into your daily life. Thank God that He will
    be with you even after this time of retreat.