I like praying the Rosary. I feel a closeness to Mary when I pray it and it generally gives me a feeling of inner peace. Finding time to pray it can be challenging at times so lately I’ve started praying it in the car on the way home from work. I use a CD from the Mary Foundation that recites the Rosary to keep me focused and on track while praying it in the car.
Here is my challenge. While sitting in traffic and watching out for my fellow drivers, I find myself not focusing on the mysteries as devoutly as I would at church or even at home. My mind has a tendency to drift, whether it’s because someone is changing lanes into mine or because things are going by me (e.g. billboards, etc.) that catch my eye. I keep my eyes closed when praying at church and at home, but that is clearly not an option on the road. When I realize that I’ve drifted, I try to put a picture of that decade’s mystery into my head to get back to focusing on it.
I think praying the rosary during my commute is a great way to spend and use that time, but sometimes I feel like I’m cheating the Blessed Mother and Christ because of the distractions that I experience and therfore by not focusing on the mysteries as intently.
How do those of you who pray this devotion in your cars overcome these distractions … especially in traffic?