See you over at DT, FrG.
A priest who walks into a pool hall will be respected and allowed to deliver a brief sermon, but a priest who walks into a pool hall and chalks up a cue stick will be allowed to deliver a more lengthy sermon and the pool players will actually listen to him when he does it, for they will respect not only the cloth but also his skill with a cue stick and will consider him to be a part of the real world rather than a part of something that is aloof and separate from real people.
Not to pile on the guilt, but a big +1 to this.
I find religion to invade my space at times, and as an atheist, it's usually in one ear and out the other. Funerals drive me nuts because it's usually the same, dry, generic b.s. that has nothing to do with the person in the casket. But there are times when the words of God sound off even inside this heathen. 100% of the time, it's because of the personal connection. Take the invocation before a stock car race, for example. I've heard the random generic one from whatever holy man they've pulled off the street, and it's complete fluff. But grab the God-man that has a passion for the sport, and suddenly the words come alive. It's a totally different experience, because there's that connection.
Not trying to twist your arm, I'm just saying. If any of your brethren were to have to console a man with gambling issues, the man that knows gambling has the best chance of reaching him.
See you at DT.
That along with my spiritual director helping me to see that gambling is maybe not the best hobby to be associated with a priest. It is not that gambling is inherently evil, it is not as the Catechism of the Church makes clear, but many people are hurt by an addiction to it (including some parishioners) and in solidarity with them I'd like to remove myself from a forum so directly attached to gambling.
For the most part, this makes sense. Many lives & families are ruined by compulsive gambling, and even if your own gambling was responsible, I can see how you have an obligation to set an example to your parishners who were engaging in self-destructive behavior.
On the other hand, wine is served at Mass and many lives & families are ruined by alcoholism. So it's curious that gambling in moderation is frowned upon, but drinking in moderation isn't.
. Funerals drive me nuts because it's usually the same, dry, generic b.s. that has nothing to do with the person in the casket. .
Funerals are for the living, not the dead.
I'm an athiest also but I really appreciated how the funerals helped me deal with the passing of both of my parents.
FR.Gamble now joins the ranks of those preaching to the choir. And us sinners are left to fend for ourselves. Whatever happened to Hate the sin , but love the sinner ? ? ?
The shepherd has abandoned his flock. Too many black sheep in here, I guess.