Traveling with Jesus

Traveling with Jesus

My upcoming work trip to LA got me thinking—how can we keep Christ with us (in our hearts and minds) while traveling? Even though several of my coworkers and I will be heading to the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress March 22-25 (where I will be absorbed in all things Catholic with easy access to Mass), travel still adds hurdles to familiar routines. Annoying time changes, uncharted terrain, and uncertain schedules can disrupt prayer life and make usual devotions a challenge.

Over time I’ve learned that there are ways to make the adaptation process easier and to even make the best of unpleasant situations. Being stuck in a plane or car for an extended period of time is a great opportunity to pray the rosary or listen to some Catholic podcasts or audiobooks. (I get carsick, so spiritual reading is out for me!) Personally, I love listening to the Divine Mercy Chaplet in song—it keeps my prayer focused and on track. And while on a plane, prayer really helps calm my nerves, as I’m not the most relaxed flyer!

I’ve found that a hotel room immediately feels more like home with the addition of a rosary laid out, a little bottle of holy water, and some strategically placed prayer cards. (I’m all about visual reminders of the faith.) A friend of mine who spent some time at a convent shared an interesting practice with me she learned while there—making a cross on the wall with holy water when entering a room. Not a bad idea to consecrate a strange, new room!

When looking for a Catholic church, I’ve found the website masstimes.org to be immensely helpful, as well as “The Catholic Directory” free iPhone app—both of which quickly locate Catholic churches nearest to you or to a specific location. (As an aside, don’t you just love the universality of the Catholic Church?!)

And last but not least, my typical trip (work or pleasure) starts out with me asking my friend to borrow his St. Christopher medal, which has accompanied people on their travels all over the world. It’s comforting for me to know that I have the patron saint of travel “journeying” with me.

What about you? How do YOU stay connected to Christ while on-the-go?

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This post was also published on Being Catholic blog.

Photo credit: Eray/PhotoXpress

 
 

About the Author

Lindsey Simmons is the publicity, social and digital media manager at Franciscan Media. An animal lover, she shares her home with her rescue cat and dog. She’s a member of St. Gertrude Parish in Madeira, OH, where she’s served on the Stewardship Committee and with the young adult group.
 
 
 
  • Dan Wright

    My position in the Coast Guard now has me travelling quite a bit.  I bring my rosary and have several books on my Nook to read on the plane or in the airport.  The universality of the church is great when I can talk to my wife on Sunday evening about the same readings we both heard at mass.  I haven’t been able to work out attending Knights of Columbus meetings as a visitor in my travels–that’s a challenge!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for sharing, Dan! I enjoyed reading your response! :) Great point about being able to discuss the Mass readings with your wife. Blessings to you with your work in the Coast Guard!

  • http://captivetheheart.blogspot.com/ Stephanie

    Masstimes.org is a great resource!  When I’m near a city, I love to look online for the nearest cathedral or older church- there are so many beautiful churches if you’re willing to drive a little, and if I have the time, I like to turn it into a nice day of sightseeing in the area.  Lindsey, I’d love for you to visit Captive the Heart, my blog for Catholic brides-to-be!

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Stephanie! Thanks for your comment! I would LOVE to check out your blog. I’m always looking for great marriage resources. I’ll do so now! :)