When Faith and Work are at Odds

December 25, 2007


Source: The New York Times


Being away from family is an everyday occupational hazard for business travelers, but trips that mean missing a holiday at home — by design or by delay — are all the more vexing.

The Rev. Michael Zaniolo, chaplain at the interfaith chapel at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, has seen business travelers scrambling to be home when candles were lighted and presents unwrapped.

“I remember one traveler who was trying to get back to the Northeast on Christmas Eve and had been bumped from a flight,” he said. “His family was getting together and celebrating Christmas Eve with a big dinner followed by midnight Mass, and he was kind of distraught.”