by Kathy Keary
The Precious Blood Renewal Center overflowed with enthusiasm created by community celebrating global solidarity and peace on World Labyrinth Day, May 5th. The day began with a Fair Trade Sale where over $1000 of hand-crafted products from Ten Thousand Villages were sold. This non-profit organization guarantees that the artisans are paid a fair wage while their human rights and the environment are protected. It is a wonderful way to lift families all over the world out of poverty.
We then sat down to a delicious international lunch prepared by Lucia and Lanett. Thirty quests enjoyed tasty treats from all over the world. Sunny Hamrick of Jerusalem Farms then spoke connecting the activities of the day to the theme of our interconnectedness with all people. Jerusalem Farms is an intentional Catholic community located in Kanas City built on the four cornerstones of prayer, community, service, and simplicity.  Ten Thousand Villages will pay the Center over $150.00 for selling their items, which we intend to donate to Jerusalem Farms.
We then processed to the labyrinth were Fr. Ron Will led us in prayer and song as we joined the world in praying for peace at 1:00. The guests were then free to roam and enjoy our beautiful grounds on a splendid day filled with blue skies and sunshine. It was a glorious occasion indeed.