July 25. St Christopher. Many of the group wrote stories of their devotion to St Christopher, patron saint of travellers. “I think all grandparents buy St Christopher medals when their grandchildren start driving.” Maureen wrote. His story is today considered to be a popular legend rather than historical truth. However, the devotion continues and many people have a medal as a reminder to pray for his protection in their vehicle when they set out on a journey. According to the legend Christopher was a giant of a man who wanted to serve the greatest king. After searching he found Jesus and worked at ferrying 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. The child was Jesus Christ carrying the weight of the whole world.
A good angel will go with you, your journey will be successful and you will return unharmed. From Tobit 5:22
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.
Pope Francis: A great cultural and spiritual and educational challenge stands before us, and it will demand that we set out on the long path of renewal. LS202