Lord, how good it is for us to be here -- Matthew 17

Adult Playlist: Courageous Trust Amid Fear

This Prayer Playlist is focused on cultivating the virtue of trust in a fearful time.  

Trusting in God is an act of courage as well as an act of vulnerability.  

Below you will find suggestions for praying for both the courage and the vulnerability to let go of fear and trust in God.


(You can find more Prayer Playlists for adults HERE.)


Find the focus Scripture passage for the month here:

                       Isaiah 41:10

Here are some blog posts about the relationship between courageous trust and fear:

                       Richard Rohr, OFM on the story of St. Francis and the Wolf

                       Finding God In the Eye of the Storm, from Ignatian Spirituality

                       Discover Courage's Role in Discernment, from Ignatian Spirituality

                       God in All Things:  Fatigue and Fear

Find a comprehensive list of how many time in the Bible God says "Do Not Be Afraid" HERE.

                        (It's a LOT of times!)


Sister Miriam James talks about Overcoming Fear.

Franciscan Friars of Renewal reflect on Finding God Amidst Fear

Father Casey Cole, OFM:  Do Not Be Afraid


The AMDG Jesuit podcast presents Becky Eldredge on How Our Inner Chapel Can Sustain Us During a Pandemic

Here are some songs to pray with to inspire courageous trust in the face of fear:

                        Matt Maher, Deliverer

                        Audrey Assad, Deliverer

                        Crossroads Music, Trust

                        Sara Hart, Infinite Grace

                        Steve Angrisano, Leading Us Home

                        Karen Scott, I Belong

                        Dan Schutte, You Are Near

                        Lauren Daigle, Trust in You    

                        Catholic Artits from Home, Be Not Afraid


Here are some things for you to reflect on during your prayer time.  They can also serve as journal prompts.

                      What are the things that make you feel afraid?  Name them.  

                      What holds you back from courageously trusting in God? 

                      How does it feel to be vulnerable?

                      When you think of the virtue of courageous trust, what visual image comes to mind (for example, like the image at the top of this playlist)? 

                                     Can you use this image as part of your prayer?

                      Bring to mind a story about Jesus in which he models courageous trust.   What's the call for you in this story?


Try these 3-minute retreats from Loyola Press:

                       Do Not Be Afraid

                       God Is Near

                       Letting Go of Fear    

The beauty of nature moves us to trust in our loving God and also calls us to act courageously to care for God's Creation.

                        Here's a whole bonus prayer playlist honoring the Season of Creation from the Ignatian Works of Love project.



Contemplative movement is a great way to release spiritual and physical tension so that we can relax into God.

There's no better time than fall in upstate NY to bask in the glory of God's creation. 

Enjoy this 45-minute walking meditation from Pray As You Go on your next hike:

                    Walking With God     

You might also like this Digital Outdoor Retreat from Busted Halo.  Its' three reflections could be done as breaks in longer walk, or one at a time.

                    Digital Retreat for Deepening Our Relationship With God and Nature


Here are some more Scripture passages about courageous trust amid fear:

                       Jeremiah 29:11

                       Deuteronomy 31:6

                       Psalm 62:1-2   

                       Psalm 27:1

                       Joshua 1:9

                       Romans 8:15

                       2 Timothy 1:7

                       1 John 4:18


The daily reflections in this 14-day, self-guided Covid-19 Isolation Retreat from Sacred Space are a loose adaptation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius for this moment in history.  


You might also be interested in this virtual pilgrimage from Boston College, running  Oct. 11- Jan. 1: 

                          Journey With Ignatius:  Finding God in All Things 

                          or the accompanying, more structured Virtual Manresa Retreat running the same weeks.



(You can find more Prayer Playlists for adults HERE.)