To offer one example, a couple of weeks ago I accompanied the eighth graders on their graduation trip to Chicago. One of the girls carried a pocket crucifix with her on the trip. It was a simple thing to do but I’m sure that crucifix brought her moments of holy comfort, strength, reflection, and many spiritual boosts throughout the trip.
I also have noticed that lately more people are bringing little bottles to Mass to take Holy Water with them as they leave. Good idea! Sprinkle some on your car before you leave for a trip, on your boat, in every new place of lodging you visit, on yourself – or even on your garden at home. Offer a simple prayer asking God for grace such as, “By this holy water and by Your Precious Blood, wash away all my sins, O Lord. Amen.”
When I was in the seminary one of the seminarians with whom I would travel would make the Sign of the Cross every time we passed a Catholic church – acknowledging that Christ was present there in the tabernacle and truly among us. I found it to bring me spiritual strength and quick spurt of joy.
Consider also taking time on your travels to visit a local parish or religious site. Check out masstimes.org to look up the times for Mass and Confessions wherever you go. There are people each month who are passing through the Twin Cities and come to Mass here at Nativity of Mary because they have found us on masstimes.org.
Keep in a state of grace and attend Sunday Mass on your travels. We are not to demand that God accommodate to or concede to our plans. Rather we are to always to keep our lives within God's rhythm and designs.
So make sure you pack some spirituality into your summer. God will bring you blessings, protection, spiritual growth, and help you to blossom all summer long. Thank God for the unique joys and opportunities of this season.