Detroit Archdiocese Offers Solution for Traffic-Induced Road Rage: Saying the Rosary

Think about all the things that would make you feel less anxious while stuck in traffic: Talking to someone else in the car, listening to good music, knowing you’re not in a rush to get to where you have to go…

But forget all that. The Archdiocese of Detroit has the solution for anyone dealing with annoying construction: Saying the Rosary:

The Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and the archdiocese are giving away 96 free prayer CDs to those who ordinarily use the freeway so they can say the rosary hands-free while enduring detours.

After the first 96 are gone, the CDs will be available for $20, which will benefit Sacred Heart’s chapel.

“We have a heavy construction season, and people will be spending a lot more time in their cars — if we sincerely offer that time to God and pray, I can almost guarantee a peaceful commute instead of one so often filled with frustration and anger,” [Rev. Robert] Spezia said.

Well, anything that gets your mind off the traffic will make your slow commute a little more peaceful — God has nothing to do with it. But how is the Rosary supposed to help people who aren’t Catholic? We never get that answer. Spezia said:

“I would challenge drivers to try it for 30 days and see if it affects their attitude and their heart.”

I’ll take a pass. I can deal with bad traffic; listening to holy men drone on while I have nothing else to do but listen might actually give me road rage.

(Image via Shutterstock. Thanks to @cashigan for the link)

About Hemant Mehta

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