Is it Irreverent to Pray the Rosary in the Car?

The Rosary is a powerful devotion. Our Blessed Mother and many saints have told of the graces that come from praying the Rosary faithfully. But do you ever feel that you don’t have time in your day to pray an entire Rosary?

Many people find a solution to this problem by praying the Rosary during their commute, often praying along with us at Relevant Radio® through our App or during the Family Rosary Across AmericaBut is praying the Rosary in the car as fruitful as praying it in a church or at home?

A listener named Leslie called in to The Patrick Madrid Show to share that she had been reading a book about the messages of Our Lady of Fatima, and after reading about the importance of reverence in prayer she was worried that she was being irreverent by praying the Rosary in the car. She told Patrick:

“I always pray the Rosary on my way to work with the Relevant Radio® App, and I was reading this book and I was wondering if this counts. I don’t want to be disrespectful to our Blessed Mother.”

Patrick responded:

“The short answer to your question is yes, absolutely. You can pray the Rosary anywhere. I have a commitment that I have kept for many years that I will not finish a day of my life without having prayed the Rosary that day. And there are times when the only chance I have, or the time that I can pray without other distractions, is behind the wheel of a car. So I myself do that.

I think it’s a great thing if you can re-purpose some of your time that might be spent as idle time, down time. If you can fill it with prayer that’s always a good thing.

The second thing is that if you have the opportunity to pray the Rosary, for example, if you make a visit to your parish church and you have 15 minutes to be collected and recollected – that’s always an even better thing.

So I would look at it as a good, better, best kind of thing, rather than wondering if you are doing something wrong. Because you’re not doing anything wrong by praying the Rosary behind the wheel of a car.

The Lord knows you are making a good faith effort to spend that time in a prayerful way. But if you do have opportunities where you could be more recollected – maybe in your home if there is an image of Our Lady or a way that you can pray the Rosary in a more recollected way, that is even better.

So I would keep that in mind – good, better, best. But no time that you pray the Rosary is ever going to be bad.”

After Patrick’s response, Leslie shared a beautiful testimony of how Relevant Radio led her back to the Catholic Church after being away for more than a decade! She told Patrick:

“I had not been to Church in well over a decade, and thanks to Fr. Riccardo … and the Holy Spirit working through your show I go to daily Mass, I am back to Church and my children are in Catholic school. My husband is becoming Catholic and I cannot thank you and Relevant Radio enough for all you do. You guys brought me back and I am infinitely happy and grateful for it.”

Listen to Leslie’s journey back into the Church below:

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Stephanie Foley serves as a Digital Media Producer at Relevant Radio®. She is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she studied journalism, and she has worked in Catholic radio for 12 years. Stephanie is a wife, a mother of three boys, and in her free time she enjoys reading, running, and really good coffee. You can find more of Stephanie’s writing at and on the free Relevant Radio mobile app.