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

May God bless you with a restless discomfort about easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships, so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.

May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom, and peace among all people.

May God bless you with the gift of tears to shed with those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, or the loss of all that they cherish, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and transform their pain into joy.

May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you really CAN make a difference in this world, so that you are able, with God's grace, to do what others claim cannot be done.

And the blessing of God the Supreme Majesty and our Creator, Jesus Christ the Incarnate Word who is our brother and Saviour, and the Holy Spirit, our Advocate and Guide, be with you and remain with you, this day and forevermore.

AMEN.

[a four-fold Benedictine blessing - Sr. Ruth Marlene Fox, OSB - 1985]