10.21.15 … And it was true, as I walked I felt the joy of the children …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2015 Labyrinth Walks, St.John’s Cathedral (Episcopal), Denver CO:
In search of a labyrinth …
I planned to  walk to it as it was  a little over a mile, but when I stepped out the door it was pouring. So I opted for Uber.
This was supposed to be an easy labyrinth to walk. It was in a park across the street from the Episcopal Cathedral and I assumed it would be a standard Chartres labyrinth.
When I arrived it was still pouring. I walked over to the gate of Dominick Park, and it was padlocked. I walked all around to see if there was entrance that was open, but there was  none. I walked back across the street the Cathedral and there was a homeless man laying under the shallow entranceway.
 I followed the signs around to the entrance to the offices of the Cathedral and entered and asked if it was possible that a custodian open the gates to the park. The receptionist  responded that the park was only open on Sundays because they had a problem with vandals using the park for the wrong purposes. (I immediately thought of the homeless man on their front door step and of the Homeless Jesus sculpture at St. Alban’s in Davidson.) The receptionist after talking with me for a minute said she would go and find the sexton. I was following her when she turned and said, “But you know we have another labyrinth.”
She got very excited. This labyrinth with built several summers ago with pavers made by children in their summer program, half came from the parish and half came on scholarship from the inner city.
I immediately responded that I would walk that labyrinth because I knew the other one and had walked several just like it in the past week.
As we walked, for some reason I mentioned that I was from NC and had gone to Davidson. She responded that they had a priest who had gone to Davidson.  I gave her my card to give to the Davidson grad.
So we walk out to the side lawn and there buried in the grass are the pavers which form the boundaries of the labyrinth. The pavers have stones and handprints and other things that each child imbedded in their special paver.  (Erika Funk and Katherine Kerr another idea for the lawn at FPC.)
I told the receptionist that this was a much better labyrinth for my purposes. You feel the love of the community when you walk such a labyrinth.
And it was true, as I walked I felt the joy of the children.
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And this experience reminded me of a recent quote I read:

“‘When Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven belonged to the children, he was referring to agape in the form of enthusiasm. Children were attracted to him, not because they understood his miracles, his wisdom, or his Pharisees and apostles. They went to him in joy, moved by enthusiasm…

Source: The Pilgrimage (1987) by Paulo Coelho & the Invisible World | CG FEWSTON

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And afterwards I got to have a lovely New Orleans style brunch at Lucille’s  on a Wednesday late morning with Jack and his good  college friend Jessie.
All in all I delightful morning in Denver. I’m not gonna let a little rain get me down.
And after I returned I had a nice note from the fellow Davidsonian. It’s a small world.
October 21, 2015

10.6.15 … Did you know that Fitz attached to a name means “bastard of”? That makes Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pride and Prejudice an even funnier name …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2015 Labyrinth Walks, Sardis Baptist – Charlotte NC, We Walk Together Charlotte:


I love it when my worlds collide. Today on the 18th We Walk Together Charlotte, I introduced some new friends to labyrinths.

But first we had another wonderful inspirational reading from Gail:

 “As we stand here in the parking lot of a Baptist church, let’s think for a moment about one of the things that baptist churches consider very important: baptism, specifically in many cases, baptism by immersion – which means your whole body goes under the water. As we walk together this morning, let’s talk about things we often need to do or learn by immersion. The first example that comes to mind for me is language learning. You have to put yourself in a place and situation where the only language you can use is the target language, the one you are trying to learn. Are there situations in our lives that force us to learn by immersion? For example, intimate relationships or parenting. Perhaps certain jobs. Perhaps an unwanted diagnosis or a natural disaster or some other challenging circumstance. There’s no escape – you just have to jump in and deal with it, as hard as it may be. What are some of the good and not-so-good life lessons you have learned through baptism by immersion?”   

Our walk started/ended at Providence Baptist Church and we walked to Sardis Baptist Church and back (3 miles roundtrip).


A great walk with great people on a beautiful day!!



And I learned something new … Did you know that Fitz attached to a name means “bastard of”? That makes Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pride and Prejudice an even funnier name. And I thought it sounded snobby!! (I have a cat named Fitzwilliam Darcy; he came from the animal shelter.)



Body of U.S. Tourist in Spain Is Found, and Arrest Is Made – The New York Times

In 1984, just 423 pilgrims were certified as having completed the Camino to the cathedral of Santiago, which is worshiped as the final resting place of St. James. Last year, a record 237,810 pilgrims were certified.

Source: Body of U.S. Tourist in Spain Is Found, and Arrest Is Made – The New York Times


3.29.15 … “This is the labyrinth built by Dedalus of Crete; all who entered therein were lost, save Theseus, thanks to Ariadne’s thread” …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2015 Lenten Labyrinth Walks 35/40, virtual walk of the finger labyrinth at the Cathedral of San Maritino in Lucca:

Sundays are Sabbath days and I definitely rested today. In order not to get stressed by Lenten undertaking, I allow myself to research a new labyrinth and walk it as a finger labyrinth.

Today I researched Italian  labyrinths and found this one, the Cathedral of San Maritino in Lucca … a Chartres pattern older than Chartres.


Following a Chartres-type design, the labyrinth found in the Cathedral of San Maritino in Lucca, Italy was cut into a single stone and acts as bas-relief. Located within the porch at the western end of the cathedral, the labyrinth has been placed vertically into one of the pillars.[3] Similar to other Italian labyrinths, the one from Lucca draws parallels between the pagan Theseus and Christ:

Here is the Cretan labyrinth that Daedalus built. From it no one who entered could escape except Theseus, who succeeded through the grace of Ariadne’s thread.[4]

This would seem to suggest that one would be trying to escape the labyrinth and not reach its center, but as the hexameter points out, one cannot succeed without Ariadne’s thread. Therefore, the faithful must rely on God to lead them out.[5] According to the observations of Julien Durand, this labyrinth once contained the images of Theseus and the Minotaur, but over hundreds of years, the fingers of thousands have gradually rubbed these characters out, so that today no trace of them remains.

via labyrinth from the cathedral of san maritino in lucca, italy: Loyola University Chicago.


The labyrinth or maze is embedded in the right pier of the portico and is believed to date from the 12th or 13th century. Its importance is that it may well pre-date the famous Chartres maze, yet is of the Chartres pattern that became a standard for mazes. The rustic incised Latin inscription refers to ancient pagan mythology: “This is the labyrinth built by Dedalus of Crete; all who entered therein were lost, save Theseus, thanks to Ariadne’s thread” (HIC QUEM CRETICUS EDIT. DAEDALUS EST LABERINTHUS . DE QUO NULLUS VADERE . QUIVIT QUI FUIT INTUS . NI THESEUS GRATIS ADRIANE . STAMINE JUTUS”).

via Lucca Cathedral – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

On the whole, too, those in the Italian churches are much smaller than the French specimens. On the wall of Lucca Cathedral (Fig. 43) is one of a diameter of only 1 ft. 7½ in. It formerly enclosed at the centre a representation of Theseus and the Minotaur, but owing to the friction of many generations of tracing fingers this has become effaced. Opposite the “entrance” is the inscription:







via Mazes and Labyriths: Chapter IX. Church Labyrinths.


3.28.15 … wall of water … i want one … $12.99 for 3 …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2015 Lenten Labyrinth Walks 34/40, Morningstar Lutheran Chapel – Matthews NC:
So this week I switched it up. I started it Renfrow Hardware. Did not buy anything this visit. But did see some fun new items, I really like the wall of water. I’l  have to get some :-)
The day is absolutely gorgeous, cold but sunny, but cold. It froze last night and we potentially will break records  tonight with a low of 25°. It is currently 40°.
However, a cold sunny day is one of my favorite days.
There is a slight breeze and the chimes are singing, Ever so gently.
Okay, they are now clanging.
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3.25.15 … flexibility …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2015 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (31/40), Amiens virtual  labyrinth @ home:

So for the second time in a week, I have picked a well known labyrinth and walked it virtually.  Tonight, Amiens …


I quickly realize it is the same pattern as Chartres … I am so attached to Chartres that I have a hard time with the sharp angles …

The Labyrinth of Amiens Cathedral is the second largest in France, being slightly smaller than its cousin in Chartres.[3]  Measuring about 12.1 meters wide, the labyrinth occupies the entire width of the fourth and fifth bays of the nave, and is thought to have originally been placed in the cathedral in 1288.[4]  Although it is octagonal, its tracks follow the same pattern as Chartres, which is why it is considered to be an Octagonal, Chartres-type labyrinth.[5] Comprised of “white-and-blue-black” stones, its entrance opens to the west, with the white stones acting as the labyrinthine obstacles.

Prior to the French Revolution, the labyrinth’s center comprised of a medallion which stated:

In the year of grace 1220, the construction of this church first began.  Blessed Evrard was at that time bishop of the diocese.  The king of France was then Louis the son of Philip the wise.  He who directed the work was called Master Robert, surnamed Luzarches.  Master Thomas de Cormont came after him, and after him his son Renaud, who had placed here this inscription in the year of the incarnation, 1288.[6]

via labyrinth of amiens cathedral: Loyola University Chicago.



3.24.15 … “A $HOPR” … help us with our stereotypes and expectations …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2015 Lenten Labyrinth Walks 27/40, Sardis Baptist – Charlotte NC:

I arrived a little out of sorts.  I had been following a Mercedes with a vanity plate “A $HOPR”  … Really!
So I arrived, and some church members were orchestrating the lawn cleanup for Easter.  They were extremely apologetic.  Little did they know, that I enjoy nature’s unaided transformation during Lent.  The final human touch for Easter is icing on the cake.
I always enjoy a new brochure …
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And this  Henri Nouwen today …

Friendship in the Twilight Zones of Our Heart

There is a twilight zone in our own hearts that we ourselves cannot see.  Even when we know quite a lot about ourselves – our gifts and weaknesses, our ambitions and aspirations, our motives and drives – large parts of ourselves remain in the shadow of consciousness.

This is a very good thing.  We always will remain partially hidden to ourselves.  Other people, especially those who love us, can often see our twilight zones better than we ourselves can.  The way we are seen and understood by others is different from the way we see and understand ourselves.  We will never fully know the significance of our presence in the lives of our friends.  That’s a grace, a grace that calls us not only to humility but also to a deep trust in those who love us.   It is in the twilight zones of our hearts where true friendships are born.

For further reflection …

“Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem.  They were talking with each other about everything that had happened.  As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him.” – Luke 24: 13-16 (NIV)My mind wanders back to Erika’s prayer in her Lenten devotional last week …

Erika Funk: Mark 7:1-23

Beneath this story of ritual hand washing is the literary tool of stereotyping. Mark sets up the characters to play their predictable roles: the mean and Puritanical Pharisees, the naive and teachable disciples and the radical hero Jesus.The problem with stereotypes is that they condition us to think very narrowly about not only groups of people but individuals as well. We think we “know” them. We trust them to act a certain way.

Here’s when “trust” becomes a negative. In Mark’s story the Pharisees assume they know Jesus’ motives. They trust they know who Jesus is and what his agenda is. As readers we trust that the disciples are not going to understand what’s going on and push Jesus for an explanation. Which is very helpful to us because we don’t always know what’s going on in Jesus’ mind either.

Lent might be a good time to ask ourselves what are the assumptions we make about Jesus and his agenda. When we say we trust in God – what exactly do we expect God to do or be in our minds? Can we trust God to be something other than a stereotype? Can we trust people we don’t understand to be vessels of God’s word?

Prayer: Lord, as we walk this journey to the cross with you help us with our stereotypes and expectations. Shine a light onto our hearts so we may see the ways we may not always honor you.

And then I felt a wee bit bad about stereotyping the woman in the SH$PR car.

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