A Look at The Marist Labyrinth

On the Marist campus there is a mysterious circular maze that some may have wondered about.     

Mitchell Plaehn, MHS Media Writer

Catholics believe that labyrinths can be used as a symbolic form of meditation and prayer. Brother Sam describes the labyrinth as: “It’s a Catholic prayer form. You see them all over the place in churches, Catholic schools, and hospitals.”

The design of the labyrinth is complex, but there is no way to get lost. You can only follow one path – it is not a maze where you can choose which way to follow. Labyrinths are supposed to represent a person’s faith journey and how they will not ever be truly lost with God’s help.

Labyrinths pre-date Christianity’s arrival in Europe, but the concept of labyrinths evolved alongside Christianity.

Catholics use labyrinths to represent a pilgrimage or religious journey. Brother Sam explained, “There was this need for a super-fast mini-pilgrimage.”

Labyrinths first started to be inscribed into the ground during the Middle Ages. One the most notable examples of this is the Chartre Cathedral.

Our own labyrinth is in the Marist courtyard to use anytime.