If you are like me, you spend a lot of time in the car. Sometimes I pray the rosary, although I can’t say that I do much meditating on the mysteries while navigating through traffic. Time spent in the car, either by yourself or with your family, can be a great time to increase your prayer time, teach your kids about our faith, and grow closer to God.
- Before leaving the house (or starting the car), say the Guardian Angel prayer together. God has provided each of us a guardian angel to watch over us. “For he will give his angels charge of you to guard you in all your ways” (Ps. 91:11). We need to remember these heavenly helpers and rely on their protection.
- Make the sign of the cross when passing a Catholic church. We believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. What a blessing to be able to visit Jesus in the tabernacle! By making the sign of the cross, we acknowledge his presence, thank him for his sacrifice, and proclaim our faith.
- Say a Hail Mary (or other prayer) every time you hear or see emergency vehicles. We make the sign of the cross and pray for whomever is in danger when we hear the sirens of a police car, fire engine, or ambulance. “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interest of others” (Phil. 2:4). As a part of the Body of Christ and to participate in the love of our neighbor, we pray for those around us no matter what the circumstance.
- Sing along with Christian music. You can find songs in all genres from traditional to rock and everything in between. “I will praise the name of God with song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving” (Ps. 69:30). Singing engages multiple senses, and when you are in the car, no one can hear you if you are off key! Unless, of course, you are carpooling.
- Thank God when you reach your destination. By showing gratitude in small or everyday situations, we grow in love of and trust in God. We turn our hearts toward God more frequently. Gratitude helps us be peaceful. “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful” (Col. 3:15).
What are your favorite ways to pray when you are in the car?