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Be Not Afraid by Catholic Artists from Home

May 2, 2020

During this time of crisis, English-speaking Catholic artists have come together with this message of hope. We hope you enjoy this Salt + Light Media presentation.

By Bob Dufford, SJ

Published by Oregon Catholic Press
Text and music © 1975, 1978, 2007, Robert J. Dufford, SJ and OCP.
All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Video produced by Salt + Light Media.

Instrumental Track:
Mixed and mastered by Tom Booth
Rick Modlin – piano
Tom Booth – acoustic guitars, bass and synth strings
Todd Chuba – percussion

Performed by:
Dan Schutte, John Michael Talbot, Steve Angrisano, Tom Booth, Fr. Rob Galea, Sarah Hart, Sarah Kroger, Tony Melendez, Jesse Manibusan, Susan HooKong-Taylor, Jennifer Martin, Renee Bondi, Curtis Stephan, Mark Mallett, Kitty Cleveland, Chris Bray, Nancy Bodsworth, David Wang, Bob Halligan Jr., Marie Miller, Luke Spehar, Amanda Vernon, Danielle Rose, Ken Canedo, Gretchen Harris, Fr. Cyprian Consiglio, Colleen MacAlister, Mikey Needleman, Danielle Noonan, Cooper Ray, PJ Anderson, Michael James Mette and MJM7, Lee Roessler, Lorraine Hess, Kathleen and Jesse Leblanc, Greg and Mary Walton, Tori Harris, Aly Aleigha, Rita West, Matt Lewis, Corrie-Marie, Ryan and Elizabeth Tremblay, Taylor Tripodi, Miley Azbill, Hannah Schaefer, Francesca LaRosa, John Angotti, Damaris Thillet, Ivan Diaz, Pedro Rubalcava, Anna Betancourt and Santiago Fernandez.

By Bob Dufford, SJ
(Includes the fourth verse that Bob Dufford wrote in 2007.)

v1. You shall cross the barren desert
but you shall not die of thirst.
You shall wander far in safety
though you do not know the way.
You shall speak your words to foreign lands
and all will understand.
You shall see the face of God and live.

R. Be not afraid.
I go before you always.
Come follow Me
and I will give you rest.

v2. If you pass through raging waters
in the sea, you shall not drown.
If you walk amidst the burning flames
you shall not be harmed.
If you stand before the pow’r of hell
and death is at your side,
know that I am with you, through it all. /R

v.3 Blessed are your poor
for the Kingdom shall be theirs.
Blest are you that weep and mourn
for one day you shall laugh.
And if wicked men insult and hate you
all because of Me,
blessed, blessed are you! /R

v.4 And when the earth has turned beneath you
and your voice is seldom heard.
When the flood of gifts that blessed your life
has long since ebbed away.
When your mind is thick and hope is thin
and dark is all around,
I will stand beside you till the dawn. /R

Published by Oregon Catholic Press
Text and music © 1975, 1978, 2007, Robert J. Dufford, SJ and OCP.
All rights reserved. Used with permission.

To learn more about the background of the song, read this article from America Magazine.

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