Summer brings vacation time; the season when many of us take to the open road with family or friends. Our cars become escape vehicles from the routines of our work-a-day lives. As Americans, we all spend a significant amount of time inside our automobiles, so why not make that time meaningful. St. Paul wrote: “Whatever you eat, whatever you drink, whatever you do at all, do it for the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31). How can the use of one’s car become a way to give glory to God? Why not begin your travel with prayer. One could speak a brief informal prayer before stepping on the gas. For example: giving thanks to God for the opportunity to spend time enjoying nature, one’s family and the open road or asking for a safe and enjoyable trip. This can be done each time we begin a trip and could become a valuable habit to have.
By Joyce Iten, OSB