Is Gambling At Casinos A Sin For Catholics # 2

Most people who go to gamble at casinos, bet on sports, horses or play the lottery are attracted to the idea of getting rich easily without working for it.   But the matter of fact is that most of them loose their money and a very few win money.  The odds are stacked very high against them.  Yet, that slight chance of getting rich, draws them to waste their money and time, (life).iu

We read in the Bible that, ‘The love of money is the root of all evil’.  1 Timothy 6:10.  Most people seek money above all things because they are under the false impression that once they have money they will be eternally happy.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Yes we need money to live on and the deprivation of money can cause great suffering.  But money, in and of itself, is not what makes us happy or sad.  It may make us happy for a short time, but then we are back to our very selves again, happy or sad.  It is God, family, friends, animals, nature a clean conscience that makes us happy.

At the casinos there is either free alcohol, (for the big players), or inexpensive alcohol for the rest.  The purpose of this is to get people somewhat drunk so that they are careless and can loose a lot of money without really being aware of it.  There is inexpensive buffets too that attract people too.iu

They also deceitfully change your real money, that you are attached to and know its value only too well, to chips with $ signs on them.  When you loose cash, you feel it.  When you loose these chips, your are not so aware of it because it is a step away from the real thing, cash.   The casinos are not our friends.  They are there to take away our money.

I now try to never use the word addiction or addict because it is used in the world today to  say that someone has an illness of getting drunk, using drugs or gambling.  The person has very little moral responsibility over their actions because they have no control over their addictions.  The free will has been removed and there for it is not sinful.

But the word I use is vice.  Vice is a repeated bad habit or sin that then becomes habitual. Yes, we need God’s grace to brake bad vices by confession and sacrifice, but we are still responsible for our vices.  We still go to hell for vices that we did not fight or confess.  So, that being said, gambling can easily become a vice where it becomes compulsive and where we can waste our life, (time), and money.

I have known people who have lost their families money, stolen money to gamble and have gone bankrupt gambling.  One lady came to see me because she had bailed out her husband over their married life something like $200,000 or more.  She knew it was wrong, but he will always tell her that the mafia was about to kill him, (which was true).  So she would bail him out again and again.  That money was for their children’s education and other plans that never got realized.  I also knew a man who would steal dollars from his little children to gamble.iu

Here are some signs to see if you have the gambling vice.

  • Excessive time spent on gambling websites or at casinos or other gambling venues
  • Unusual increases or decreases in available spending money
  • Feeling jittery and agitated when not gambling
  • Purchasing excessive numbers of lottery tickets or scratch off tickets
  • Feeling anger and anxiety when unable to gain access to sources of gambling
  • Missing work and family events in order to spend time gambling

So all this being said, I say that the motive to gamble, bet and play the lottery is sinful in itself; avarice and greed for money so as to be happy.  Jesus said in the beatitudes that happiness is in being poor of heart; ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit’.  He also said terrible warnings to the rich; ‘Woe to you rich’, ‘It is harder for a rich man to get into heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle’.

We must then use our extra money for the Church, the poor or to help others.  We need to be happy right now with what God has given.  Besides, extremely few people get rich from gambling, betting or the lottery.  Lets be wise and holy.  Thank God we have what we have and let us be generous with others if we have extra.

We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to know that God is our happiness and heaven our home.

Traditional Catholics And The Video Game Vice

I talked to a young Catholic man who spends 10 hours a day playing video games.  More and more of our Catholic boys, girls, youth and adults have the vice of wasting their time and life on electronic devices.  For some it is video games, for others it is Facebook, for others it is computer games, for others it is pornography.  Yes pornography is by far eviler, but maybe they all have a connection.  IMG_0929 copy copy

Children are given by their parents, relatives and friends at Christmas or birthday parties, many different electronic devices and games.  Parents are happy to see their children quiet, busy and out of their way.  Yet they are the cause of our new generation of warped lazy children, who no longer know how to be in real reality.

Yes, ‘parents’ and so called ‘family and friends’ are destroying their own children and setting them up to be involved in many other destructive activities, like watching pornography on the smart phone that the parents purchased and pay for each month.

Most people no longer know what God’s REALITY is.  They have become so immersed UNREAL virtual reality, they can no longer sense what is real from what is virtually real.  They have lost contact with what a healthy life really should be.  God’s normality is now abnormal for them.  They feel uncomfortable in God’s reality.

Let us take boys for instance.  Normal boys, the way God created them, have a great deal of energy.  For them it is almost impossible to stay still because that is how God created them to be.  They naturally want to be outside, running around, playing games, building forts, climbing trees, hunting, swimming and chasing after lizards and other strange things.

But, teach a normal boy how to enter in and live in virtual reality by playing competitive video games, shooting games, boxing games, sports games, they stay sedative and glued to the smart phone, control box, computer or television.

children-addicted-to-video-gamesThese boys turn into teenagers and men who go on playing video games and spend hours passively watching other people have a good time playing sports on TV.  They talk for hours about girls or sports.  I will say this again; ‘Watching Professional and Collegiate sports are the men’s opiate, (drug)’.  (Evil Karl Marx said that religion is the opiate of the masses’ because religious people stay passive while the rich oppress them because they wait for their happiness in heaven.  Since he was an atheist, he wrongly believed that you need to violently take the land, money and means of production from the few Rich and give it to the masses of people.)  So that is why I say sports is the opiate that drugs men into a passive attitude.  They endlessly watch sports or talk about sports while the world and their families are quickly heading for destruction.  As ISIS takes over the world, they go on endlessly talking about the latest player or game they saw.

IMG_4634Every Sunday evening at 6:00 pm I play real sports.  I enjoy the real thing.  I do not enjoy vicariously other sportsmen playing sports.  I have fun.  The others I invite to come play have fun too.  I get exercise and they do so as well.

Girls too are very social beings.  They like to play house, dress up, play games, read and cook.  Expose them to virtual reality and they too become warped.  Girls and women tend to spend and waste their lives on looking at, reading and talking about other people lives.  A woman told me she spends hours in the social media and has, as she said; ‘a horrible emptiness inside her’.

Laziness is one of the capital sins.  Because you parents allow your boys and girls to become passive members of virtual reality, they have become lazy as well.  And when you ask them to do some chore, they say yes, but never end up doing it.  And it is your fault for making them into un-natural children, living vicariously in an un-real world.

Have you happened to notice that you, your neighbors, your children are getting over weight?  Think it just might have something to do with this lazy sedative life?

I preach about getting rid of electronic games and anything that will cause us to have the vices of laziness, wasting time and pornography.  I tell the catechism parents and children to get rid of these games.  I tell the children at the Catholic school to not play video games too.  But very very few listen.  They know best.  We have become a vice ridden Church and society.

Here are a few suggestions for all of you who want to live a NATURAL LIFE according to God’s plan.

  • Throw away or destroy all your electronic games.  Do not sell them or give them to others to waste their lives with either.
  • Remind children that there is an outside to run around in and discover.
  • Try to live in the country where they can be creative in God’s true world.
  • Set a good example by you not spending all your time looking at evil TV, talking on the phone or going on Facebook.
  • Keep your children busy working, playing, creating, studying and praying.

child-playing-video-gameTime = Life.  Life = a limited amount of time God has destined for each one of us.  We want to live our life for God, not for video games, sports or virtual relationships.  Today decide to change.  Today decide to free your children from their video vices.  Today start to live a normal life.  Your children will get angry at you and it will take some adjusting, but it is well worth it in the long run.  They will get over it.

We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to be using our life, our time, for the extending of the Kingdom of Christ the King, not the devil.  We know how to be happy in the great world God gave us and to have real loving friends with whom we can talk face to face with, eat with, pray with and play with.

Saving Our Catholic Children From becoming Sex Objects

I have a slow leak in one of the tires on my van.  It almost went flat on me yesterday.  Instead of going to a tire shop on Sunday, to get it fixed, (and causing someone to have to work on the Lord’s Day), I went to a coin machine and filled it up with air.  IMG_3220

Today, Monday, I went to my friends tire shop to get it fixed.  I ran into a woman, who’s daughter was very ill in the hospital a year and a half ago.  She was very very seriously ill.  I would go visit her often, because the mother was desperate, and she recovered thanks to much prayer.  She is now a healthy 4 year old.

As the mother waited for her tire to be repaired, her daughter was in the car.  I opened the door to say hi to her.  She was listening to music on her mom’s smart phone.  Believe it or not, (I had a hard time believing my eyes and my ears), she was watching a music video with women dressed very sexy and doing obscene gestures.

I took the phone from her, (kindly), and showed her mother what she was watching.  I asked the mother, (who is in a woman’s group here at the parish), how her daughter learned how to listen to such immoral music.  She said her other daughters, age 8, 10 and 12, have taught their sister how to watch these music videos.  Her sisters are in our catechism classes.

priest-children-bagshot-surreyCatholic children, back when they use to dress like Catholic Christians.

So, as much as I feel like doing, I am not going to get discouraged that 4 year old girl in my parish is already addicted to immoral music videos.  No, we just need to acknowledge how evil things are right now with our Catholic fathers, mothers and children, and go on trying to effect the few with whom we may have a tiny bit of good influence on.  We are the tiny speck fighting against three huge monsters, the the devil, the flesh and the world.

We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics.  Hopefully, our children will be less likely to have access to these evil monsters that will gobble up their souls.  Then it will be ‘less likely’ that they will have premarital sex, get pregnant as nature works and then have these babies killed because they were not ‘planned’.

These sexy music videos prepare our children to dress sexy, to act sexy and to have sex.   It is a loose loose situation.   The children loose their innocence, loose their virginity, loose their self respect, are treated as sex objects, and will probably never have a happy normal godly marriage that last ’till death do us part’.