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

God of Mercy,

You bestow upon every person a dignity that cannot be extinguished, no matter the harm someone has suffered or caused.

Rooted in this sacred value of all life, we work together to transform the criminal justice system by ending the death penalty. Enliven our commitment to “work with determination for its abolition worldwide.” 

Ignite in our imaginations more restorative approaches to harm and violence that embody Your vision of right relationship. For any person who is a victim of, responsible for, or witness to crime, may we be vessels of Your hope, healing, and redemption.

Embolden in us the fire to foster a culture of life. Sustain our pursuit of reconciling justice, that we may model your compassion and mercy with our lives.

In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. 

To download a prayer card, click here.
To download in Spanish, click here.