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The Richard W. Kiefer Labyrinth

A labyrinth is a winding path that begins on a periphery and leads to a central space and then out again. The path provides a place of solitude, a way to meditate and pray. It is also a place to relieve stress, find inner peace, and clear your mind. Labyrinths, unlike mazes, have no dead ends.

Before entering a labyrinth, it is helpful to spend a few moments sitting quietly at the periphery, allowing yourself to become stilled and attentive.

When moving into the labyrinth, focus on releasing roles, responsibilities, or concerns. Some people find it helpful to think of placing a problem, prayer, or concern in their hand. As you walk the labyrinth, walk as slowly or as quickly as is natural for you. Feel free to pause at anytime, especially as you reach the turns in the path. Place one foot in front of the other until you get to the center.

In the center, spend some time meditating and opening your heart, seeking an awareness of God's presence, and healing. The center is also a space of self-offering. If you are holding a prayer or concern in your hand, place it on the ground or release it into the air.

On the way back outward from the center, work to feel that you are carrying God's grace, blessings, or insights you have received back out into the world.

The labyrinth was dedicated on October 11, 2005 in the memory of Richard W. Kiefer, a long-time member of Catonsville Presbyterian Church, Boy Scout Troop 306, and the Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. The labyrinth construction was led by Eagle Scout Michael A. Carr, a youth baptized and confirmed at Catonsville Presbyterian Church.

     

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