Some would say a labyrinth is a maze of twists and turns, round-abouts and dead ends. But according to St. Boniface Catholic Church, a labyrinth is a symbol of something much more divine.
Getting lost is an important part of a labyrinth’s function. It’s intended that you lose your way, as a labyrinth is designed to help you find your path in life. It’s only requirement is you have to choose to walk it.
Bryon Koster and Casey Kerkhoff chose to help St. Boniface create a labyrinth in order to receive their Eagle Scout awards. With an original design by Koster, inspired by the labyrinth of the Chartres Cathedral in France, he created a focal point for prayer in the garden. He laid a deep foundation of sand and rock made to last for generations, and took “special efforts to create a path that would be accessible to people of all abilities.”
Kerkhoff created the surrounding garden berms and benches, each made especially with Christian symbols such as the fish and the cross. The plants that he chose are native to Iowa, easy to care for and deer- and rabbit-proof, so they may provide foliage and life to the garden for many years of enjoyment to come. These plants also serve as walls to the outdoor room of the garden.
With their designs and hard work, Kerkhoff and Koster created a sacred place for all people to pray. Complete with lighting, this labyrinth space provides a blessed sanctuary at any time of the day or night. It also serves as a place to honor the memory of loved ones.
Labyrinths have been used as religious experiences for more than 5,000 years. They are the perfect tool used in the ongoing development of connections and a relationship with God, as well as the arduous search for wisdom, direction and the meaning of life.
Take a spiritual journey of your own by paying a visit to the St. Boniface labyrinth, located at 1200 Warrior Lane.