Preaching Connection: Guilt

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Movies for Preaching

Heaven (2002)

Directed by Tom Tykwer.  Written by Krzysztof Kieslowski and Krysztof Piesiewicz.  Music by Arvo Pärt.  Starring Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi, and Remo Girone.  97 mins.  Rated  R. For all of their importance in living, there are very few confession sequences in films, at least good ones.  The best known, perhaps, is implicit.  George Bailey in…


The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – 1

Story by Stephen King, screenplay by Frank Darabont. 142 minutes, rated R. Starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. The first question of The Shawshank Redemption (1994) asks how in the world could this film—full of blasphemy, rancor, obscenity, and violence, though most of the last occurs off-screen—ever find its way onto a list of religiously…


Reading for Preaching

Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush

Growing up, George H. W. Bush was a magnet for other boys. They liked him and felt “protected and secure in his orbit.” But one time he stepped out of character and used an anti-Semitic slur to describe a Jewish friend. The sensitive Bush accused himself for this misstep for the rest of his life....


Peter Calderon, a psychiatrist: ” Guilt, guilt, its pious expression alone is in fact today’s great absolution. Just say the guilt prayer, ‘I feel guilty,’ and, hey, presto, that’s the punishment! The guilt is the punishment. So punished, and therefore cleansed, one can continue with the crime.