When Did I See You Hungry?

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This book is about poverty and our responsibility to help those who are forced to live on the margins of society. The photographs in this book depict real people—suffering souls whose lives are spent in the harshly cruel prison of poverty. To look into their eyes, eyes that are profoundly human and tragically sad, compels the observer to want to do something to relieve the pain, to end the misery. — From the Introduction

"Gerry Straub is a modern-day Francis, jolting us into the truth by the power of images." — Giacomo Bini, O.F.M., Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor

Drawn by the values and example of Francis of Assisi, filmmaker and author Gerard Straub spent months living among the poor of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Detroit, Toronto, Rome, Nairobi, Brazil, India, the Philippines and Jamaica. "Armed only with a pen and a 35-mm camera," he listened to their stories, photographing the men, women and children who live desperate lives of poverty and hunger.

When Did I See You Hungry? is a powerful exploration of the desperation and squalor that is the plight of the poor.

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Editorial Reviews

Daily News Record
But hopefully, studying Straub's photos and meditating on the words of this book will bring us closer to a eality suffered by millions of our fellow humans that most of us will never experience.—Harrisburg, VA
Central California Catholic Life
...photographic and textual meditation on the poignant, heartbreaking story of the homeless and poor that challenges and encourages us to respond.—Diocese of Fresno
Library Journal
Straub, a Hollywood television producer and director whose best-known credit is General Hospital, is also a secular Franciscan. Recently led by dedicated Franciscan friars through the world's worst Third World and urban U.S. slums, he took the 270 heartbreaking photographs featured here. (The same photos appear in a brief documentary that, like the book, is distributed with a discussion guide by St. Anthony Messenger Press.) There is a strong focus on babies and young children, older adults with leprosy, and the slums and garbage dumps where they live. The images are juxtaposed with quotations from St. Francis of Assisi and other spiritual writers as well as stories of Straub's encounters with the subjects. Also included are meditations by Franciscan officials and essays by world mission leaders. It's a pity that the personal journal Straub kept while taking these photographs is tucked into the back of the book, as it has a more powerful impact than many of the essays. Of strong interest to a wider audience than Roman Catholics, this modern counterpart to Jacob Riis's classic How the Other Half Lives is recommended for larger public libraries.-Joyce Smothers, Princeton Theological Seminary, NJ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867165029
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 11.25 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

GERARD THOMAS STRAUB is the author of the critically acclaimed The Sun and Moon Over Assisi: A Personal Encounter with Francis and Clare (St. Anthony Messenger Press), a book of reflections on the two saints of Assisi that earned the 2001 Catholic Press Association first place award for Spirituality—Hardcover books and was named one of Spirituality & Health magazine’s Best Spiritual Books of 2001. Mr. Straub is also the author of Dear Kate, a novel, and Salvation for Sale, a nonfictional look at the world of televangelism. Mr. Straub has had a long and distinguished career as a television producer and director. He produced, wrote and directed We Have a Table for Four Ready, a documentary film on the St. Francis Inn, a soup kitchen in the slums of Philadelphia operated by Franciscan friars, and Room Enough for Joy, a documentary film that tells the story of L’Arche community in Tacoma, Washington. Mr. Straub also directed Glidepath to Recovery, a documentary film that showcases the work of a diocesan priest in Albany, New York, who works with drug addicts and ex-convicts. The three films have aired on many PBS stations. Mr. Straub has also produced numerous television shows for CBS, NBC and ABC, including the wildly popular soap opera General Hospital. Mr. Straub annually teaches a month-long course on film writing and directing at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Bread for the World, a Washington, D.C.-based Christian organization that lobbies Congress on behalf of the rights of the poor. He founded and is president of the San Damiano Foundation that provides funds to communicate through films the spirituality of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi. Mr. Straub is a Secular Franciscan and lives in North Hollywood, California, with his wife and two dogs.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Receivers of Stolen Goods? 5
Part 1 A Photographic Meditation 7
The Face of Poverty 23
Part 2 A Meditation in Images and Words 25
The True Meaning of Love 103
Part 3 A Textual Meditation 229
We Don't Have to Be Saints to Make a Difference 242
What God Sees 245
Part 4 The Photographer's Journal 247
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