O God You have given us a rough road to travel, but You have not left us alone.
You guided our father, Abraham, through a sun-blazed and scorching desert to a land that was his only in promise, a land that he could lay claim to only by faith.
You led Your chosen people, the forerunner of Your Church, away from a slave country to the land of promise, a land of promise, a land whose enjoyment was not easily won, whose fulfillment demanded the rigorous exercise of justice, the dangerous pursuit of freedom.
You sent Your Son, Jesus Christ, accompanied by simply comprehending followers, on the Road to Jerusalem, where He dashed their hopes for an earthly kingdom by dying as a criminal on a cross. In His Resurrection and Glory is our only pledge of life.
May Your Spirit move in us as we depart on our journeys to familiar places of work or study, to unknown regions of conflict or danger, to visit the sick, to seek needed relaxation.
May He direct us in our quest for meaning, peace, and love.
May Your Spirit breathe into us an effective desire to serve all whom we meet on our way to our eternal encounter with You.
Strengthen us. Fill our eyes with hope, and our hearts with loving concern for our neighbor.
Raise us up if we fall. Urge us on if we are tempted to stop, and welcome us at journey’s end with the fatherly embrace that You have reserved for all who faithfully seek to do Your Holy Will.