FINDING INNER PEACE IN A WORLD GOING TO PIECES The National Institute of Mental Health reports that about one person in every eight has the most common form of mental illness: chronic anxiety disorder, in one of its various forms: panic disorder, phobias, undifferentiated anxiety, social anxiety (shyness), post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, or major depression. Women more than men and children more than adults are subject to these various forms of anxiety. Exerting ordinary strength to cope with the turmoil in our frenetic personal life, and more so in society at large, would be as ineffectual as trying to alkalize the ocean with an Alka-Seltzer. We need a special kind of strength to confront the forces churning in and around us. Surprisingly, Isaiah 30:15 tells us where this moral strength can be found: ‘In quietness and trust is your strength.’ In this talk, Fr. John discusses Scripture-based spiritual and psychological coping mechanisms to deal with internally and externally induced anxiety states.