Flying out of New York’s LaGuardia Airport yesterday, this sign caught my eye:
It’s a reminder of the invaluable airport chaplaincy that serves so many faithful travelers shuttling around the world. (That sign dissolved into another message: “God Bless Our Troops,” which made me wonder how much longer such a shockingly religious message will be permitted in a public place before someone complains…but I digress.)
I was reminded of my trip through Chicago last winter, where I was blessed to attend Mass at O’Hare’s chapel (complete with the Blessed Sacrament reserved and a flickering candle standing watch.)
This time of year, a lot of people are traveling, so if you find yourself with time on your hands and some anxiety in your heart, seek out one of these places of prayer in the airports. You’ll be glad you did. Wondering where you can find Mass at an airport? Try this link.
Father of mercies, our life journey is in your providential and loving hands.
Your son, Jesus, is the way, the life and the truth as we make our pilgrimage on earth to our heavenly home.
Your Holy Spirit gives us enlightenment and courage as we meet the challenges and responsibilities of our lives.
Through Mary, the mother of Jesus and our mother as well, you extend to us the unique and loving care of a mother.
With all the angels and saints, we come before you, Father, and give you thanks for these and all your gifts that accompany our lives.
Hear our prayers as we begin our journey…
bring us safely to our destination
be with those who are responsible for making our journey possible: the flight crew, airport workers and those charged with our safety and security
accompany with your consolation and encouragement those among us who make their journey in sorrow or with a sense of loss
give us patience and a deep spirit of respect for all whom we will meet along the way
when our earthly journey is completed, bring us home to You with joy.
We ask this through Christ our Lord,