Spiritual Labyrinth

Published: Mar. 3, 2009 at 2:16 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 4, 2009 at 7:55 PM CST
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The path is set in stone, literally. But the journey is unwritten.

A labyrinth at Bishop DeFalco Retreat Center now gives people of all faiths a new way to reach spiritual growth.

But like any path, you might find road blocks along the way.

"Don't expect miracles to happen because you walked the path. Don't expect that by walking the path you will be cured of ulcers or cancer or something like that. It is a tool, a prayer tool," said Deacon Robert Smith, the center's business manager.

The labyrinth is a religious symbol that dates back to medieval times. It came from the idea of going on a pilgrimage or a journey to a place where you feel closer to God.

Like most journeys in life, the path takes you through a series of twists and turns. But unlike a maze, this labyrinth has only one way in and one way out.

"It's not a puzzle to find the answer to, it's not something you need a formula for," Smith said. "It's a way of releasing things from your mind. Letting your mind open up to that relationship with God."

Deacon Smith says the most important thing is to walk the labyrinth at your own pace.

While the path is set in stone; the journey is yours to define.