|A labyrinth cut into grass, Sundsvall, Sweden. Part of a workshop for spiritual directors: the outward path of apostolic service|
It's sometimes easy to think that the real "prayer bit" of labyrinth walking is the quiet space at the centre when we return to ourselves, turn inward, and find insight and peace. Indeed, by the labyrinth in one English cathedral there's a suggestion that, after praying at the centre, you should simply step out rather than making the whole journey again. Hmmm...
Some thoughts about the prayer of the outward journey from Pope Francis, at his homily at Mass last Saturday (11 May):
"The prayer that bores us is always within ourselves, as a thought that comes and goes. But true prayer is the turning out of ourselves [and] to the Father in the name of Jesus: [true prayer] is an exodus from ourselves."
Pope Francis said that there there is another exodus out of ourselves, and towards the wounds of our brothers and our sisters in need:
"If we are not able to move out of ourselves and toward our brother in need, to the sick, the ignorant, the poor, the exploited – if we are not able to accomplish this exodus from ourselves, and towards those wounds, we shall never learn that freedom, which carries us through that other exodus from ourselves, and toward the wounds of Jesus. There are two exits from ourselves: one to the wounds of Jesus, the other to the wounds of our brothers and sisters. And this is the way that Jesus wants [there to be] in our prayer."
And a little crop of labyrinth-related posts from some of my fellow bloggers this morning:
Kimberly at Ariadne's Thread
Kirsten at Episodes and Interludes
and from Greenpatches, here