The Upside-Down World of St Francis

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St Francis of Assisi set out to re-make the violent, unequal, greedy community he was born into. He had a vision of a world in which people could live together as equals. He called this new world by the name of ‘fraternity'.

The talks and seminars collected here are Ted Witham’s work. They come from the time that Ted was Provincial Minister for the Third Order, Society of St Francis for Australia More
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About Ted Witham

I grew up on a farm near Tambellup in the Great Southern of Western Australia. I am married to Rae with two wonderful adult children, three granddaughters and a grandson. A fourth granddaughter is on her way! I am a retired Anglican priest, having worked in the Diocese of Perth as a school chaplain and a parish priest. I was Executive Director of The Churches' Commission on Education (YouthCARE WA) for five years, and a lecturer in Religious Education at Murdoch University.

I am professed as a Third Order member of the Society of St Francis. I served as its Provincial Minister for the Australian Province from 2005 - 2011,

My short stories and poetry have appeared in STUDIO, QUADRANT and other journals in Australia, the US and UK. My hymns with a Franciscan twist are found at

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MaryAnn Koopmann reviewed on Aug. 18, 2012

Sometimes Christians are called to turn the world upside down. To bring the exact opposite of what we find in our world. St. Francis' prayer is a bold one, asking for strength to give of ourselves to meet the needs of others. He recognises that it "is in giving that we receive", that as we give of ourselves, we receive the peace and blessing of our risen Lord Jesus. We cannot earn eternal life, but that we are pardoned from the sins that block our claim on it.
Think about the situations that you are involved in that require peace, consolation, hope, light and joy. Then, if you're bold enough, pray the prayer!
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