College/Depression and Anxiety/Emotions/Healthy Body/Healthy Mind/Healthy Soul/Lessons Learned/My Life/Teen Life/Transitions What the Saints Have to Say About Stress by Kiernan Doyle For me, junior and senior years of high school were all about building up my resumé for college applications. On top of that, I was really bad at saying no to people who asked me to do stuff for them. I was constantly living somewhere between being captain of my swim team, editor-in-chief of my yearbook, growing in my faith, and trying to remember if I showered that day. Needless to say, I’ve found myself in stressful situations once or twice – actually, pretty much all the time. But, I don’t have the best track record of staying levelheaded during stressful situations. On the contrary, I’d say I’m more likely to have a mini breakdown or just live in denial that maybe I’ve got too much going on. Lucky for us, we aren’t the first people who have had to learn how to deal with stress. We have some great examples of saints who found ways to invite Christ into their stress and share with us the wisdom that comes with that peace. Stressful situations pop up and are a part of life, so here’s some encouragement from saints that’ll help you refocus and get through those hard times: “And of what should we be afraid? Our captain on this battlefield is Christ Jesus. We have discovered what we have to do. Christ has bound our enemies for us and weakened them that they cannot overcome us unless we so choose to let them. So we must fight courageously and mark ourselves with the sign of the most Holy Cross.” –St. Catherine of Siena “Do not have any anxiety about the future. Leave everything in God’s hands for he will take care of you.” St. John the Baptist de La Salle “If certain thoughts bother you, it is devil who causes you to worry, and not God, Who, being the spirit of peace, grants you tranquility.” –St. Padre Pio “Let go of your plans. The first hour of your morning belongs to God. Tackle the day’s work that he charges you with, and he will give you the power to accomplish it.” –St. Edith Stein “What really matters in life is that we are loved by Christ and that we love Him in return. In comparison to the love of Jesus, everything else is secondary. And, without the love of Jesus, everything is useless.” –St. Pope John Paul II “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We only have today. Let us begin.” –St. Teresa of Calcutta “The stillness of prayer is the most essential condition for fruitful action. Before all else, the disciple kneels down.” –St. Gianna Beretta Molla “In sorrow and suffering, go straight to God with confidence, and you will be strengthened, enlightened, and instructed.” –St. John of the Cross “Trust and trust alone should lead us to love.” –St. Therese of Lisieux “Pray, hope, and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.” –St. Padre Pio When I get really busy (I’m talking stress-level where all I can do is count down the days until Christmas break) I find it’s really easy to get discouraged, let my priorities get out of whack, and allow my relationship with God to take a backseat. But, there’s always peace beyond our stress. Remembering what the saints say about life beyond the struggles of this moment reminds us that God is bigger than our fears and anxiety, and desires for us to live in His peace.