Airdate – Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014
A Tennessee prosecutor struggles to reconcile his work with his faith after he befriends a prisoner he put behind bars.
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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.