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 men, and and they will understand, You shall see the face of God and live. Be not afraid, I go before you always, Come follow Me, and I shall give you rest. 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.
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Jump to navigation. The phone jolted Jesuit Fr. Bob Dufford from a sound sleep. Bill Clinton's going to use 'Be Not Afraid' in the prayer service. Louis Jesuits, Jesuit Fr. John Foley, had said at one point, "I think this could be an important song. For two weeks, Dufford resisted. Then he played around a little, looking for two good syllables he could add. The salty desert?
Susan Sarandon sang it a cappella in Dead Man Walking. Other songs by The St. It all started in the Kumbaya era after Vatican II. Priests stopped singing the Mass in Latin with their backs turned, and staid old hymns no longer sufficed. But the new lyrics were often bland, shallow, and smug: Look at us, all praying together in the sunshine…. Five young Jesuits at Saint Louis University filled the void with a noticeably different sort of guitar music, still influenced by folk but deeper and more complex, emotionally resonant, musically sophisticated. Each man wrote his own songs; the power of the group lay in their critiques. The mix worked.
You shall cross the barrenn 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 men And they will understand You shall see the face of God and live Be not afraid I go before you always Come, follow me and I will give you rest If you pass through raging waters in the sea You shall not drown If you walk amid the burning flames You shall not be harmed If you stand before the power of hell And death is at your side Know that I am with you through it all Be not afraid I go before you always Come, follow me and I will give you rest And 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 Be not afraid I go before you always Come, follow me and I will give you rest. Be Not Afraid St. Open in. You Are Near. Dan Schutte. Be Not Afraid.