Poverty and Prayer
Author and filmmaker Gerry Straub explores how film transforms people’s hearts and can be used to serve the poor. His films shed light on poverty and its crushing impact in both human and spiritual dimensions. Gerry fleshes out the Gospel call to care for “the least” in our society through his own conversion story and with powerful clips from his many films.
We discover the humanity and dignity of people who are considered throwaways: the homeless and forgotten, the poor migrant crossing the desert for a better livelihood, the child in the slum without food or clean water. The films help us to meditate on Jesus’ call to clothe the naked, feed the hungry, visit the imprisoned, and shelter the homeless. These films are used throughout the U.S. at parishes, high schools, and universities as educational tools for raising awareness about global poverty and our Gospel mandated response to the social concerns of our times.
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Below are reactions to some of Gerry’s recent speaking events:
The following endorsement is from Pat Connelly, who is a teacher at the Aquinas Institute (high school) in Rochester, New York, where Gerry gave a 75-minute long presentation at an assembly, as well as spoke at four 45-minute long classes on October 26, 2011:
Mr. Straub’s presentation was the best that I have seen in my twenty-eight years at Aquinas. Heart-wrenching and hopeful, his film clips and stories commanded the full attention of everyone in the auditorium. What we witnessed was a clear example of what it means to live the gospel. His life and his work raise our awareness of the plight of the poor and remind us of our Christian responsibility to respond. Mr. Straub changes lives–the lives of the poor he serves and the lives of audiences inspired to do the same.
The following is from Christine Bochen, Ph.D., who is a professor of religious studies and the William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York, written in response to a two-hour evening presentation by Gerry at the college, along with a one-hour follow-up “conversation” with the students.
“Thank you” is inadequate to express my appreciation and gratitude to you. Your presentations exceeded my hopes and expectations for your visit. I continue to hear – both from students and others present – how the images you shared are imprinted on their minds and hearts and how meeting the people whose stories you have recorded makes all the difference in grasping what poverty really means. Like the Hebrew prophets, you tell it as it is! Hard to hear and impossible to forget!
I am grateful too for your visit to Aquinas (high school) – who knows just when and how the seeds you sowed there will sprout but sprout they will. I am glad to have read the students’ letters – so candid, so real (and occasionally amusing).
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