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The stone-inlaid labyrinth in the nave of the 13th-century Chartres Cathedral

The stone-inlaid labyrinth in the nave of the 13th-century Chartres Cathedral in France is one of the best known examples of church labyrinths, which symbolize the path to salvation. (Photo: Getty Images.)

LABYRINTHS are ancient examples of the virtual tour. When incorporated into medieval Christian architecture, they provided pilgrims who couldn’t make the trek to the Holy Land with a “Road to Jerusalem.” They were meant to help the disciples of Jesus find their way to the cross at the center of the Christian life.

The meandering path of the labyrinth, though seemingly similar to a maze, has a singular course. There are no dead ends, only twists and turns. Nothing external blocks the pilgrim’s progress; success depends on the dedication brought to the task.

Follow the course of the labyrinth in the photo above and think about the many turns your own life has taken as you discern where God is calling you. Sometimes you seem so close to and other times disappointingly far from the center. Don’t get discouraged. Remember that if Christ is your goal, you are on the right path. You will get where you need to go. It will take time, energy, and commitment. Setbacks and confusion are inevitable. But never doubt the all-encompassing love that awaits you—and is with you every step of your journey. 

Patrice J. Tuohy

Patrice J. Tuohy is publisher of VISION on behalf of the National Religious Vocation Conference, and CEO of TrueQuest Communications.




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