Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

2/8/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Maze was kept a secret until pilots noticed it from above

In the New Testament, John 14:6 reads "I am the way, the truth and the life." Near Chiddingly, East Sussex, a Christian farmer used this verse to construct a hedge maze. The catch was that people who wandered in were unaware of the religious statement, which read "Jesus - I am the way, the truth and the life," and was visible only from high in the air. Pilots, along with people surfing Google Maps, gave truth to the farmer's intention.

'The idea just came to me one day. I am not even sure why I chose that part of the Bible, other than Jesus is saying a lot about himself in that passage,' a British farmer says.

"The idea just came to me one day. I am not even sure why I chose that part of the Bible, other than Jesus is saying a lot about himself in that passage," a British farmer says.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/8/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Maze, United Kingdom, John 4:16, pilots, topiary


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Sixty-three-year-old Peter Gunner, a father of five, set out to construct the maze out of trees that would spell out the words of Jesus when seen from above.

Planting thousands of willows on a seven-acre field with the help of a few volunteers, Gunner carefully pruned them so their message would be clear. The maze went largely unnoticed, save for the few stray comments from pilots, until it was spotted recently on Google maps.

Residing with his wife Faith and their dog Peace, Gunner said that "the idea just came to me one day. I am not even sure why I chose that part of the Bible, other than Jesus is saying a lot about himself in that passage."
 
Gunner says that the plan finally made sense when he realized that "In a way the maze is a lot like life, nobody knows what it looks like from above.

"You can wander through life confused when in fact it does make sense from a different perspective."

Gunner said he only saw his complete handiwork after a police officer neighbor gave him a picture taken from a helicopter in 2005.

"There are a couple of things I would do differently and some tweaks I would make but overall I am happy with it," Gunner said.

He invites friends and people from the local church to use the maze, and there is a public footpath by the field so walkers can stumble upon his creation.

"Every time I see a plane go over I look at it and say a little prayer. I hope somebody sees the maze and feels inspired," he says.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for November 2014
Lonely people:
That all who suffer loneliness may experience the closeness of God and the support of others.
Mentors of seminarians and religious: That young seminarians and religious may have wise and well-formed mentors.



Comments


More Living Faith

Two bishops dine and dialogue with peace activists

Image of War doesn't decide who is right, just who is left.

By Tony Magliano

During the recent U.S. Catholic bishops fall assembly in Baltimore, two bishops decided to forego the military chaplains dinner sponsored by the U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains Office, and attended instead a simple supper and discussion on peacemaking. On the evening of ... continue reading


How do you raise a good, upstanding child? With daily prayers, weekly church attendance and the knowledge of God Watch

Image of Billy Graham, now 96, has reached out to millions with his joyous words of the truth of God and Jesus Christ.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Reverend Billy Graham, the world famous television evangelist and founder and chairman of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, has said that the reason the world seems to be in such dire straits is that children are not being raised right. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Learning Lessons for Life from Zaccheus and that Sycamore Tree Watch

Image of Zaccheus climbed that tree in order to see the Lord, not to be seen by Jesus. He did not care what the crowd thought of a grown man climbing a tree! He went after the encounter with Jesus Christ with a childlike simplicity and a reckless abandon. Do we?

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

The Sycamore tree created a clear line of vision for Zaccheus. It helped him to rise above the crowd and see the Lord clearly. It placed him in the right position for the invitation that would follow. Jesus told him to come down for he was coming to his house! ... continue reading


Jesus Weeps and Calls us to Recognize His Visitation Watch

Image of The Cross, an instrument of torture, will become the sign of peace, for those who find their refuge under its shadow and embrace the One who stretches out His arms to embrace the whole world. There Jesus will deal definitively with the great enemy of peace, the sin which impedes it in each of our lives. With tenderness He looks out from the Mount of Olives and sees the Holy City of Jerusalem. How he loves that City. Then, Jesus weeps. He knows the City will soon be overtaken and destroyed by the armies of Titus. He weeps the tears of Love and cries compassion from His Sacred Heart

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

Jesus shows His disciples - and He shows us us, because we are His disciples in this hour - the pattern of living in a continual communion with the Father. He invites them - and He invites us - into this very communion of love which He has with the Father, in the ... continue reading


Children deserve both father and mother, Pope Francis says Watch

Image of Children have the right to be raised by a mother and a father, Pope Francis said, emphasizing that

By CNA/EWTN News

Children have the right to be raised by a mother and a father, Pope Francis said, emphasizing that "the family is the foundation of co-existence and a remedy against social fragmentation." Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) - The Pope made these remarks on Nov. 17 at ... continue reading


Here are 10 Very Interesting Facts About the Catholic Church You Probably Didn't Know! Watch

Image of Pope Francis commands the world's smallest professional army.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

How much do you know about the Catholic Church? Here are 10 fun facts you might not know. See how many you know and post your result in the comments! 1.    Vatican City has the highest crime rate in the world! With a population around 500 people and a ... continue reading


Study: Latin Americans abandoning Catholic Church for evangelical, Protestant churches Watch

Image of Protestants now make up 19 percent of the Latin American population, while another eight percent now profess no religious affiliation, a figure reaching 37 percent in Uruguay.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Catholic Church is losing members in Latin America at an increasing rate. According to the Pew research Center, many Latin Americans are leaving the church for Pentecostal, Protestant churches. There is even a growing number of Latin Americans who now ... continue reading


Living Faith: Learning How to See from a Blind Man Watch

Image of

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

The people to whom we are introduced in the Gospel accounts have been selected from among many others who encountered Jesus - for a real purpose. They can put us in touch with the Lord, with ourselves, and with the meaning of our own lives.Through prayerful ... continue reading


Itinerary for Pope Francis' Sri Lanka, Philippines trip announced Watch

Image of While in Sri Lanka the Pope will also pay a courtesy visit to the country's president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, hold a meeting with leaders of different religions, and will canonize Sri Lankan Blessed Giuseppe Vaz.

By CNA/EWTN News

Today the Vatican published the official itinerary for Pope Francis' upcoming visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines, during which he is slated to spend roughly two days each in Colombo, Manila and Tacloban. Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) - Officially announced by ... continue reading


Click here to see your Inspirational Catholic Message of the Day!

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Here is your inspirational message of the day! We must remember that we need God in our lives to feel whole, complete, and confident in everything we do. If you don't feel that way right now, try inviting God in to be a part of what you're trying to do![media ... continue reading


All Living Faith News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Revelation 10:8-11
8 Then I heard the voice I had heard from heaven ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131
14 In the way of your instructions lies my joy, a joy ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 19:45-48
45 Then he went into the Temple and began driving out ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for November 21st, 2014 Image

St. Gelasius
November 21: St. Gelasius I, Pope (Feast day - November 21) Gelasius was born ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter