Don't gamble on gambling

Lynn Jackson, C.S.B.

This wide-ranging chat covered various aspects of chance and how it can influence one's health and harmony. One of Lynn's key points is: Do we want to trust our lives to luck and chance, which can lead to either a good or a bad outcome? Or do we want to trust in the unerring divine Mind, from which only good can come? As one site visitor put it: Gambling is a two-edged sword; if someone wins, someone else loses, but with God everyone wins.

Site visitors asked about how to deal with compulsive behavior, with relatives who are gamblers or who want them to participate in lotteries, etc. What about state and other government-run lotteries that are used to fund education and cultural activities? How to pray when one spouse favors gambling and the other doesn't? Is there an element of chance in finding a job or maintaining one's health?

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