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The God Squad: More questions from Ms. Pepitone’s theology class

Rabbi Marc Gellman, Tribune Content Agency on

The absolute last installment (for this year) of my (short) answers to questions from Ms. Pepitone’s Theology Class at Mercy High School in Middletown, Connecticut.

Q: From B: Dear Rabbi Gellman, what are some ways that you like to personally connect with God and spend time with Him? I am working on developing a more personal relationship with God and would like to feel closer to him.

A: Say “Thank You” to 25 people today. Recite a list of your most obvious blessings. Look very closely at some object in nature. Then read Psalm 23.

Q: From P: When overwhelmed with stress, how do I ask God for advice? I know He can’t answer me directly with words like a normal conversation, so what should I look out for? Thank you!

A: Sit in a comfortable place. Breathe in and out slowly. Quiet your mind, and just listen to your soul. The Bible calls what you hear a “still small voice.” (I Kings 19:11-13). The Bible is right. God speaks very softly. Our job is to quiet all the other noises in our life and listen.

Q: From H: How can I improve on my patience after praying to God, and not feeling like my prayer was answered quickly? How can I be certain that everything will be OK, and that God’s plan for me is right on track? Thank you.

 

A: How long do you think the Lord God of the entire Universe ought to wait before getting back to you?

Q: From A: Why do we have a voice in our head sometimes that encourages us to do the wrong thing? Do you think that not attending Mass is dishonoring God, even if we pray on our own time? Thank you!

A: We are partly animals and only partly divine. Sometimes the animal voice wins.

Q: From A: Dear Rabbi Gellman, I find it difficult to forgive people who have hurt me. How can I look to God and ask him to help me forgive people?

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