Apparently the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers went Vatican and issued “Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road,” a “Ten Commandments” for driving. It was also suggested that the driver does the sign of the cross and says a rosary before turning on the ignition (you can tell they’ve driven in Los Angeles). I guess these can serve as calming mantras next time I’m on the 405.
1. You shall not kill.
2. The road shall be for you a means of communion between people and not of mortal harm.
3. Courtesy, uprightness and prudence will help you deal with unforeseen events.
4. Be charitable and help your neighbor in need, especially victims of accidents.
5. Cars shall not be for you an expression of power and domination, and an occasion of sin.
6. Charitably convince the young and not so young not to drive when they are not in a fitting condition to do so.
7. Support the families of accident victims.
8. Bring guilty motorists and their victims together, at the appropriate time, so that they can undergo the liberating experience of forgiveness.
9. On the road, protect the more vulnerable party.
10. Feel responsible toward others.
(List courtesy of the Los Angeles Times and Associated Press.)