Peace is defined as freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility. In school, this may be hard to find. You are usually surrounded by so much noise, whether it be from the shouts of your classmates, the overload of assessments, or the overwhelming pressure of academic standards. It may feel chaotic, especially when things don’t go your way. But it’s okay.
It’s okay because you have God to turn to. In Him, you may find an oasis of peace and calm. You simply have to stop, breathe deeply, and make the sign of the cross. He is here to listen to you, only requiring that you seek time to talk to Him. He is there to guide you, and to strengthen you throughout your hardships. He is there to enlighten you, and to make you see the beauty and the awe-inspiring moments hidden in each hardship you undergo. In times when school leaves you feeling stressed, when you feel as if you failed and want to give up, remind yourself that this stress is a blessing.
You get to go to school; you get to take all these tests, and you get to make all these mistakes. You get to learn, to spread your wings, to create wonderful ideas, and to soar higher and higher each day. God gives you this opportunity not only for yourself, but also with the hope that you will someday instill peace in this country and in this world.
Let us trust in God and experience peace. As the prophet Jeremiah wrote, “For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer. 29:11)