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Dead Man Walking (1995) - Last Words Scene (9/11) | Movieclips
Matthew (Sean Penn) says his last words and apologizes to the families of the deceased. He and Sister Helen (Susan Sarandon) share a final sentiment. (2:05)

"I must forgive"

Sister Helen Prejean, in her book Dead Man Walking, tells the real story of Lloyd LeBlanc, a Roman Catholic layman, whose son was murdered. When he arrived in the cane field with the sheriff’s deputies to identify his son David’s body, LeBlanc immediately knelt by his boy’s body and prayed the Lord’s Prayer. When he came to the words: “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us,” he realized the depth of the commitment he was making. “Whoever did this, I must forgive them, I resolved,” he later told Sr. Prejean.
LeBlanc confessed that it had been difficult not to be overcome by the bitterness and feelings of revenge that welled up from time to time, especially on David’s birthday. But for the rest of his life, forgiveness was prayed for and struggled for and won.
He went to the execution of the culprit Patrick Sonnier (see video excerpt above), not for revenge but hoping for an apology. Before sitting in the electric chair Patrick Sonnier, the murderer said, “Mr. Le Blanc, I want to ask your forgiveness for what I did,” and Lloyd LeBlanc nodded his head, signaling forgiveness he had already given.
Today’s Gospel reminds us and challenges us to continue on the path to forgiveness and reconciliation.
SOURCE: Fr. Tony’s Homilies
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Dead Man Walking (1995) 2h 2min | Crime, Drama | 2 February 1996 (USA) Summary: A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim's families.
Countries: UK, USALanguages: English