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Which peace are you looking for? The peace coming from the world or the God's one?

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Which peace are you looking for? The peace coming from the world or the God's one? Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 26, 2019 Dear brothers and sisters, in England a recent survey devoted entirely to focus…More
Which peace are you looking for? The peace coming from the world or the God's one?
Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 26, 2019


Dear brothers and sisters, in England a recent survey devoted entirely to focus the mental health of British students (A poll of almost 38,000 UK students attending Universities in England, Scotland and Wales) seen exclusively by the Guardian, sounded the alarm. The percentage of students reporting problems (even very serious ones) related to mental health is so high that it seems like a real epidemic.
Researchers believe that the causes of the stress produced by university life are essentially two. The first is that, even though the university environment is rich in novelty and new experiences, entails, at the same time, also difficulties, both relational and academic, that students must face alone without the direct support of their parents. The second is given "by the polluted atmosphere" caused by the wild competition in which the victory of the student sitting next to you means , automatically, your defeat first at the university level and then at a professional level.
The consequence is that the rates of psychological distress and illness are on the rise in universities, with “alarmingly high” levels of anxiety, loneliness, depression and thoughts of self-harm.
The most serious piece of date coming from the findings is that the way students try to cope with uneasiness boils down to substance misuse

Dear brothers and Sisters, Pope Francis in his homily held during the celebration of the Holy Mass in Santa Marta on May 21, speaking about Jesus’ gift of peace said inter alia: The gift promised by Christ to His Apostles as He prepared to leave them is peace. A peace that we cannot obtain through human means, like going to a doctor or taking anti-anxiety drugs. This peace is something different, which comes from “the Holy Spirit within us”, and that brings with it “strength”. A peace that is deep down, very profound that no one can touch, a peace that is a gift, like the sea that deep down is tranquil, while on the surface there are waves. A peace which remains during all trials, all difficulties, all “tribulations”.

In this way having in our heart the “gift promised by Jesus”, instead of that false peace that comes from the world, or from having money in the bank, we can face and endure even the most suffering and challenging situations and go forward in life with an even greater capacity, the ability to “make the heart smile”.
Dear brothers and sisters, only those who experienced in their own heart the presence of the Risen Jesus will find out, with their own surprise, to have a heart that smile even in sufferings and tribulations.