Redemption of the Prosecutor – Lenten Film Series 2014
Week 1 – Ash Wednesday
A Tennessee prosecutor struggles to reconcile his work with his faith after he befriends a prisoner he put behind bars.
Questions for reflection and conversation:
1. What do you think of Preston’s story? How did it make you feel? Did he have a reason to repent? Why or why not?
2. Visit the website for the film or other sources and reflect on the statistics about the U.S. prison system and how race, poverty, lack of adequate representation, and politics function in a system that does not see the human person in the criminal justice system, and where revenge replaces rehabilitation. What response does this information evoke from you?
3. Preston talks about the disconnect between his faith and his work, about the consequences of judging people without knowing them. This thing that you’re doing for Lent, how is it bringing your faith life together with your everyday life?
4. Think about the words “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return,” and the consequences of personal and social sin. What, then, do the ashes on your forehead mean in the light of what you’ve seen in the film?
5. What is your resolution for Lent? How do you want to blend your faith and life more fully this Lenten season? Be specific.
The Lenten Film Series:
The Lenten Film Series on The INNdustry with Sister Rose presents film and TV clips that highlight Lenten themes, offering you (or your prayer group, classroom, or retreat) a contemporary, media-driven way to reflect and journey through Lent! The series premieres on getinn.tv on Ash Wednesday March 5 and releases a new episode every Wednesday afterward, taking you right up to Holy Week.
This Lenten Film Series is made possible by the Midwest Jesuits and the IN Network.
About “The INNdustry with Sister Rose”:
Billed as SISTER WENDY meets ROGER EBERT AT THE MOVIES meets THE CHARLIE ROSE SHOW, “The INNdustry with Sister Rose” reviews all things entertainment related and features one-on-one interviews with the people making news in entertainment and media. Take a look at the entertainment industry, faith, and life through Sister Rose colored glasses.
About Sister Rose:
Sr. Rose Pacatte, FSP is a Daughter of St. Paul and the Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Culver City, CA. She is a noted national and international media literacy specialist and is an award-winning film/TV columnist for St. Anthony Messenger and the National Catholic Reporter. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/sisterrosemovies/