We are all blind beggars reaching out with empty hands to a God who seems beyond our reach, far beyond our ability to comprehend.
In these poetic meditations Gerard Straub probes the depths of his soul and the heart of humanity on a search for God. Thoughts of a Blind Beggar grew out of his own improbable journey, inspired by the spirit of St. Francis, which led from the glamour of Hollywood to the worst slums on earth. It was a journey from riches to rags, from unbelief to faith, from hollow success to a more profound happiness than he had previously imagined. But it also inspired a new calling: to awaken others to the reality of poverty, and to inspire compassion and solidarity.
In this book, Straub graciously shares his reflections on a journey to God . . . a journey, he readily admits, that is far from over. Thoughts of a Blind Beggar will open eyes and hearts. It is a book to be savored, a companion for our own journey.
Gerard Thomas Straub, an award-winning author, photographer, and filmmaker, is founder and president of the San Damiano Foundation, which produces films celebrating the spirituality of St. Francis and concern for the poor, social justice, prayer, and the integrity of creation. He has written and directed 13 documentary films, including When Did I See You Hungry? His book, The Sun and Moon over Assisi won a first place Catholic Press Association Book Award for spirituality. He lives in North Hollywood, California.