For an end to the use of the death penalty in our country.
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
As Catholics, we believe and put our hope in a merciful and
loving God. We are conscious of our own brokenness and
need for redemption. Our Lord calls us to imitate him more
perfectly by witnessing to the inherent dignity of every
human being, including those whose actions have been
despicable. Our faith and hope is in the mercy of God who
says to us, "Blessed are the merciful for they shall be
shown mercy (Mt 5:7) and "I desire mercy, not sacrifices"
(Mt 9:13). As Christians we are called to oppose the culture
of death by witnessing to something greater and more
perfect: a gospel of life, hope and mercy.
Acts of Reparation (choose one)
• Clean a room in your house without being asked or
without telling anyone. Pray for your family members
while you clean, “and your Father who sees in secret
will repay you” (Matthew 6:6).
• Read about a Church teaching you don’t understand in
• Make an honest assessment of your “giving finances” –
are you giving too little? Make a resolution to give a set
weekly or monthly donation to your parish or favorite
One Step Further
Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia, summed up
the case against the death penalty in these words: "As
children of God, we're better than this, and we need to start
acting like it. We need to end the death penalty now." Find
out why in “Life Matters: A Catholic Response to the
Death Penalty” at www.bit.ly/CatholicResponse.