A month ago, college students from the Newman Center were treated to a sneak peak of "The Passion of the Christ" while at a Catholic conference in Denver. At the end, the room full of students was dead silent.
"Nobody talked. Nobody moved. Everyone just sat there and you could here sniffling here and there and you saw people with their heads bowed," says Father Brian Kane who was along on the trip.
Father Kane and the students who saw the movie say they feel new emotions now whenever they see a crucifix. Junior Kate Zierke says, knowing what he went through and then seeing it again, it just really makes it present in your life and it changed my life daily.
Father Kane says he disagrees with critics who say the movie portrays the Jews in a negative light. Kane says, "We believe we are all responsible for the death of Jesus and we do not place specific blame on the Jewish people at all."
Most students look forward to seeing the movie again on Wednesday when it is released nationwide. The Newman Center has rented out two midnight showings for the students. Senior Matthew Rolling says, "I think seeing that is going to give us more of a drive to be willing to make sacrifices during this Lenten season.