July 25. Many of the group shared their devotion to St Christopher, patron saint of travellers. They have a medal for protection in their vehicle or their handbag when they set out on a journey. His story is nowadays considered to be a popular legend rather than historical truth. According to the legend Christopher was a man who ferried people across a river. One day a child asked to be carried across. When he lifted the child on to his shoulders the child became unbearably heavy and almost impossible to carry but he struggled across and delivered the child safely. He discovered that the child was Jesus Christ carrying the weight of the whole world.
Reflect, share, act. Scripture: A good angel will go with you, your journey will be successful and you will return unharmed. From Tobit 5:22, feast of St Christopher.
A MOTORIST’S PRAYER
Grant me O lord, a steady hand and a watchful eye
that no one shall be hurt as I pass by.
You gave me life, I pray no act of mine
may take away or mar that gift divine.
Protect those, dear Lord, who bear me company,
from the evils of fire and all calamity.
Teach me to use my car for others’ need
nor miss through love of undue speed
the beauty of the world, that thus I may
with joy and courtesy go on my way.
St Christopher, holy patron of travellers, protect me
and lead me safely to my destiny.