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“Be Not Afraid” – Song That Eases Big Transitions In and Out of Life
Colleen Dulle, a journalist for America Magazine, prepared a commentary on the ever-popular Catholic hymn, “Be Not Afraid” composed by Bob Dufford, S.J. Although originally written as a “Catholic” hymn, the song has transitioned to other religions and is now included in the hymnals of every Christian denomination.
Outside of a church setting, “Be Not Afraid” is often sung by people seeking comfort during periods of fear or grief. That’s the period of time in Fr. Dufford’s life when he started composing the lyrics to “Be Not Afraid.” In 1972 Fr. Dufford was on a Jesuit retreat preparing for ordination and feeling anxious about his future service in the Priesthood. To soothe his anxieties, Dufford’s spiritual director suggested praying while focusing on the Annunciation.
In later years, Fr. Dufford confided that his most humbling moment regarding the hymn was upon learning that Sister Helen Prejean often sang “Be Not Afraid” to prison inmates on death row.
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