Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis: Sister Helen Prejean of Dead Man Walking fame.

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on May 18, 2009
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Sister Helen Prejean

My interview with Sister Helen Prejean.

A Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis on location special at Naropa University.

The nun behind the best-selling Dead Man Walking best-selling book and movie (in which she was played by Susan Sarandon) offers a Christianity that’s about mercy, compassion, forgiveness, humor—a Christianity that simultaneously transcends and directly engages politics. Because life’s too short, and precious, for judgment or class welfare!

“It’s all about waking up,” Sister Helen says. Amen to that!

Walk the Talk Show: Sister Helen Prejean from Alex King & Mito Media.

Shot on location at Naropa University – Boulder Colorado

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16 Responses to “Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis: Sister Helen Prejean of Dead Man Walking fame.”

  1. Heather says:

    So frustrated my computer must be too old for the newest vimeo videos! Can't get this video to come through except in staggered blips. What I can hear is profound. Hearing the words, the story from her mouth, puts life in perspective pretty quickly..the story of the two fathers from Columbine takes your breath away. Your honest and open questions make this a very special interview. This is an interview that should be posted everywhere. People need to hear her message of forgiveness and hear what true Christianity is as opposed to the institution and "religion". I hope you post this on youtube as well.

  2. alex says:

    If the video doesn't come through, try pushing the "turn off HD button"

  3. Rev. Roger Wolsey says:

    …Mr. Sharp overstates his case by asserting that "Had rapist/murderer Matthew Poncelet not been properly sentenced to death by the civil authority, he would not have met Sister Prejean, he would not have received spiritual instruction, he would not have taken responsibility for his crimes and he would not have reconciled with God." While Poncelt might not have met Prejean if he hadn't been on death row, how could Sharp possibly assert that that would be the only way for Poncelt to have had spiritual instruction or to have come to God?"

    Talk about creating Fiction.

    Rev. Roger Wolsey, Wesley Foundation a CU Boulder, http://www.wesleyf.org

  4. Rev. Roger Wolsey says:

    Mr. Sharp overstates his case by asserting that "Had rapist/murderer Matthew Poncelet not been properly sentenced to death by the civil authority, he would not have met Sister Prejean, he would not have received spiritual instruction, he would not have taken responsibility for his crimes and he would not have reconciled with God." While Poncelt might not have met Prejean if he hadn't been on death row, how could Sharp possibly assert that that would be the only way for Poncelt to have had spiritual instruction or to have come to God?"

    Talk about creating Fiction.

    Rev. Roger Wolsey, Wesley Foundation, Boulder CO http://www.wesleyf.org

  5. Rev. Roger Wolsey says:

    … part II: Mr. Sharp overstates his case by asserting that "Had rapist/murderer Matthew Poncelet not been properly sentenced to death by the civil authority, he would not have met Sister Prejean, he would not have received spiritual instruction, he would not have taken responsibility for his crimes and he would not have reconciled with God." While Poncelt might not have met Prejean if he hadn't been on death row, how could Sharp possibly assert that that would be the only way for Poncelt to have had spiritual instruction or to have come to God?"

    Talk about creating Fiction.

    Rev. Roger Wolsey, Wesley Foundation, Boulder, CO http://www.wesleyf.org

    • Dudley Sharp says:

      Context is very important. You left out the rational for the clarity.

      The following paragraphs explained the reason for my assertions and the word "may" was used twice as a hedge for my earlier assertions. Furthermore, I was dealing with the film character Poncelet, which gives me much more latitude.

      This is the context and note the circumstance when I switch to the real human being, whose comments I have confirmed as true.

      Had Poncelet never been caught or had he only been given a prison sentence, his character makes it VERY clear that those elements would not have come together. Indeed, for the entire film and up until those last moments, prior to his execution, Poncelet was not truthful with Sister Prejean. His lying and manipulative nature was fully exposed at that crucial time. It was not at all surprising, then, that it was just prior to his execution that all of the spiritual elements may have come together for his salvation. It was now, or never.

      contd

      • Dudley Sharp says:

        contd 1 Truly, just as St. Aquinas stated, it was Poncelet's pending execution which may have led to his repentance. For Christians, the most crucial concerns of Dead Man Walking must be and are redemption and eternal salvation.__ __For that reason, it may well be, for Christians, the most important pro-death penalty movie ever made.__ __ In the book, murderer Patrick Sonnier stated: "I don't want to leave this world with any hatred in my heart. I want to ask your forgiveness for what me and Eddie done, but Eddie done it".__ __Prejean says: "(Patrick Sonnier) seems to accept that he is responsible for what had happened, even though he claims not to have killed the teenagers. … I suspend judgment. With the electric chair waiting, with death close like this, who the triggerman was seems not the point."__ __The most important point of any Christian ministry is salvation. If the most important part of any Christian ministry is saving souls, and Sonnier is lying, and redemption is undermined, that seems a very important point. What could be a more important point for a death row ministry? Ending the death penalty?__

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