Faith & Action First Fridays Catholic Mobilizing Network CMN

Fridays hold special significance in the Catholic tradition.  Christ was crucified on a Friday, and first Friday devotions have been observed for hundreds of years.  At the center of these devotions is the recognition that people deeply desire to be drawn closer to and learn from the Sacred Heart of Christ, which is full of love and mercy for humanity.

As a way to bring Christ’s mercy to the broken system of capital punishment, Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) has initiated Faith and Action First Fridays.  Each month, CMN will feature timely and impactful educational materials, prayers, and advocacy actions for that month.  Your prayers and actions will join with the thousands of actions made by people around the country. We know that we are stronger together.  May our collective actions draw us nearer to Christ’s Sacred Heart and the Church’s teaching that every person has God-given dignity.

Pray

Almighty and merciful God, 
you have brought us together in the name of your Son 
to receive your mercy and grace in our time of need. 
Open our eyes to see the evil we have done. 
Touch our hearts and convert us to yourself.

Where sin has divided and scattered, 
may your love make one again; 
where sin has brought weakness, 
may your power heal and strengthen; 
where sin has brought death, 
may your Spirit raise to new life.

Give us a new heart to love you, 
so that our lives may reflect the image of your Son. 
May the world see the glory of Christ 
revealed in your Church, 
and come to know 
that he is the one whom you have sent, 
Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.

Opening Prayer,  Sacrament of Reconciliation, [99] Catholic Book Publishing Co. New York, 1975.