ACTION ITEM! @povertyinc – UPDATE

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Poverty, Inc. is now available on Amazon, Amazon On-Demand, and iTunes. The has been screened in over 40 festivals, 100 universities, and 160 cities.

____ Original Published on: Feb 17, 2016

My friend Michael Miller of Acton Institute sent me a note about the release of the DVD and on-demand Poverty, Inc.  We were given a preview during Acton University last summer.  It is truly an amazing film.

It won Templeton’s 2015 Freedom Award.

Here is what Miller sent:

Dear friends,

Great news! Poverty, Inc. will be released on DVD and video-on-demand on March 1st.

You can pre-order today on iTunesAmazon DVD, and Amazon On-Demand.

Pre-orders and reviews factor into the exposure the film receives on these platforms (right now Poverty, Inc. is #7 on iTunes “Best Sellers” for March 1st). Help us get to #1!

As a special thank you, we’re sending movie posters to the first 100 people who pre-order and write a review (positive or negative, but we hope positive…) a limited edition Poverty, Inc. movie poster. Just email us your review and receipt along with your mailing address.

Finally we’d love it if you could help share the March 1st release of Poverty, Inc. on social media and by forwarding this email to your friends.

Here’s the trailer…

I have actually thought to get a screening of Poverty, Inc. for a wider audience.

Get on board!

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  1. JMJLuke says:

    Wow, this looks really interesting. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to see it when it comes out.

    You know, it’s funny, but when I think about it, it seems like there can be an interesting parallel drawn in modern world, about how there is a misunderstanding both of material mercy, and of spiritual mercy. I think we are seeing the same problem being played out in two different ways. There is a false idea that if we give someone what they seem to want, and it makes them feel good, and it makes us feel good by doing it, then it must be what they need. In this case, this is shown by people who end up messing up the economy of poor countries. In the spiritual life, we see this happen when our spiritual pastors refuse to call people out for their sinful lives, and bring them to repentance. In both cases, it’s a result of people simply taking the easier “feel-good” path, instead of really taking time to do the harder, and more merciful thing.

    Also, just because you mentioned it,

    Acton Institute! ;)

  2. benedetta says:

    Is this…an Acton…action…item??

  3. acardnal says:

    “Give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man how to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime!”

    And Saint Paul in Holy Scripture, the inspired Word of God, wrote:
    “7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow.” (2 Thessalonians 3:7-9)

    and continuing. . .
    “”10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: ‘If a man will not work, he shall not eat.'” “11 We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies.
    12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat. 13 And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.” (2 Thessalonians 3:11-13)

    The able-bodied should work.

  4. joan ellen says:

    The topic is excellent as is the trailer. acardinal, thank you for the citations. I made a note of them & agree that “The able-bodied should work.”
    I have observed some who are not able bodied, but are able minded & are busy using computers or other communication skill devices…some gainfully employed…others not. Also know of several ‘downs’ who are gainfully employed. I do not know if they are financially able to support themselves.

  5. Sconnius says:

    Yeah, Father, you definitely didn’t say ‘Acton’ enough times

  6. acardnal says:

    Some people think that work is God’s punishment or that it’s man’s quest to eliminate work from his daily life. But actually God made man to work from the very beginning. . . BEFORE the Fall! Working is part of God’s will for man.

    “Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.”
    -Genesis 2:15

    AFTER the Fall, work (labor) became painful/difficult for man; no longer pleasurable:

    To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.
    -Genesis 3:17

  7. That would be ACTON Institute – just thought I would beat Dr. Peters to it!

    Fr. Z's Gold Star Award

  8. Imrahil says:

    But, to be fair, the problems people have with work do concern the pains, difficulties and insecurities and not the cultivating-the-garden itself.

  9. Semper Gumby says:

    Fr. Sirico: Your book “Defending the Free Market: the Moral Case for a Free Economy” is excellent. Years ago I read Rodney Stark’s “Victory of Reason”, which you reference, and found your book as essential, if not more, than Stark’s.

    While we’re at it, “China’s Second Continent” by Howard French makes a reasonably good case that China’s business ambitions in Africa are often imperialistic and not merely commercial. While more reportage than analysis, it’s an interesting read nonetheless, and an indicator of further tensions ahead for China in Africa.

    And if I may join in: Acton Institute!

  10. MrsMacD says:

    It reminds me of a UN complaint of some Chinese children that were employed by teacher after school, sewing. He said, “What? They come from poor families. I was giving them a way to earn money, and they were helping me out.” It has become a crime, in our society to work, if you are under a certain age, but if you are going to be a man, you need to work, now, to train for adulthood. And that teacher was actually empowering his students to help their families and to help themselves. He was doing a good thing!

  11. acardnal says:

    I ordered the dvd. New ETA is 31 March vice 1 March.

  12. NBW says:

    I watched the documentary and it is quite eye opening. Very well made and something all should watch.

  13. Wait. What? Just as I was considering applying for some sort of disability and free money? [humor alert]

    This Poverty looks very interesting and encouraging. Not only can over-indulgent giving ruin a person’s will to work, but current history demonstrates that it is the head of the snake in controlling others, and earning trust in order to give those a ‘snake’ when requesting bread [think CRS, USAID and others promoting contraception and atheism, or the Church accepting Federal subsidies and thus fearing their loss if they preach the truth or don’t cooperate]. And yea, “giving” has turned into greedy money-making businesses by the avaricious.

    I guess you could say it takes moral courage to reject dependency and laziness. Ooof. its hard!
    The other side of the story is forcing oneself to let go of doing everything yourself and help others grow this way.

    Don’t forget the great St. John Bosco who rescued orphans and trained them in all kinds of manual vocations, thus the worldwide Salesian missions and orphanages. He knew about the relationship of keeping kids busy both in mind and body to overcome all sorts of sins, tragedies, and burdens. St. John also understood the importance of early training of good habits and work ethic. This effect lasts a lifetime.

    Isn’t idleness is one of our most prevalent sins today – Not only sitting around doing nothing, but being frantically busy as a distraction from doing what you are supposed to. Not only should we not enable this kind of spirit-sucking dependency, we must fight it in ourselves!

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