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 desire to draw closer to and learn from the Sacred Heart of Christ, which is full of love and mercy for humanity.

Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) created Faith & Action First Fridays as a way to allow Christ’s mercy to transform our broken criminal legal system and eradicate the use of capital punishment. On the first Friday of each month, CMN will feature a new selection of timely and impactful resources for education, advocacy, and prayer.

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Pray

God Eternal Father,

You are the Living God. 
Life is who you are, Life is what you love, Life is what you breathe.

Creation was made to house life; Life is what you give.

Human life is your most beloved, and what you most affirmed when you sent your Eternal Son to take our flesh, die our death, and rise again glorious.

Help us be a people of life—a Church that can do no other than love what you so mightily love, and defend what your Son so willingly died and rose to defend.

Amen.

-Most Reverend Daniel E. Flores, Bishop of Brownsville, Texas and Episcopal Advisor to Catholic Mobilizing Network