Patron saint of gamblers prayer

Prayer For Gambling Addiction – Gambling is a very destructive addiction. It affects 5% of the adult population. Even though not all of them show a high-risk gambling addiction. This addiction, as any other, has a huge negative effect. Not only on the person himself, but also on his family. Many people with gambling addiction face financial problems which lead to conflicts and many times tragedies. This Prayer For Gambling Addiction sends a signal to the healing angels of God. They will guide your loved one through this difficult situation. They bring emotional strength and courage to move forward toward a better life.

Prayer For Gambling Addiction

“Dear Lord, please help (the person’s name) to beat his gambling addiction.

Please Lord show him the path toward a better life.

Help him, please, to rebuild his life and regain the trust of his family.

Oh, Lord, please fill him with courage and strength to say no to this destructive habit.

Please send your holy angels into his life.

Let the angels guide him through his pain and agony.

Clean him of the evil forces that drove him to gambling.

Loving Lord, please give strength also to his family.

Help them to be truly faithful and to support him in his recovery.

Please Lord, touch him with your healing hands,

So he can take the first steps toward a better life next to his loved ones.

Help him to reach full recovery from this evil addiction.”

Amen

This Prayer For Gambling Addiction is an example. As I always say, a prayer must come from the heart. So if you want to say a prayer for your loved one, say it with him in your heart. And say what you feel in your heart that wants to come to the surface. The angels of God hear every word of your prayer. They will take your prayer to God.

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For any of you religious gamblers out there who are looking for some sort of “lucky” prayer to God to bring luck, good fortune, and wins when gambling at the casinos, look no further. I’m a born and raised Catholic myself, and I too enjoy playing slot machines at casinos occasionally, for fun and for profit. Of course, gambling is more fun when you make a profit. I’m not so sure God cares whether you win or lose at the casinos — and many religious people will tell you that gambling is a SIN — but personally I believe the Big Kahuna wants us to have fun and enjoy life, so why NOT ask for his help a little bit for good luck and fortune at the casinos? It can’t hurt, right?

As a matter of fact, there is even a patron saint of gamblers: Saint Cajetan, who is recognized as a Saint by the Catholic Church, and his feast day is August 7 (which just so happens to be my birthday.) Saint Cajetan is considered to be the patron saint of the unemployed, gamblers, document controllers, and good fortune. The prayer to Saint Cajetan is as follows:

Glorious Saint Cajetan, acclaimed by
all people to be the father of providence
because you provide miraculous aid to
all in need, I stand here before you today,
asking that you present to the Lord our God
the requests that I confidently deposit
in your hands today.
May these graces that I now request
help me to always seek the Kingdom
of God and his Righteousness,
knowing that God — who dresses with
beauty the flowers of the field and
abundantly feeds the birds of the
sky — will give me all other things. Amen.

For more info on Saint Cajetan, check out this Saint Cajetan website.

Here I have written my own short prayer to God — the Gambler’s Prayer (by Paul Diamond Blow) — which I like to say when driving to the casino, or before entering the front door. It’s not quite as fancy as Saint Cajetan’s prayer, but it does the trick.

The Gambler’s Prayer (By Paul Diamond Blow)

Dear God,
Please help me to have a good time tonight
and please help me have a good night on the slots
I know you don’t care about gambling, God
but I know you want me to be happy
so please, God, help me to have fun and get some good wins
and especially, God
please help me not to lose my shirt.
Thank you, God… Amen!

There you go — the Gambler’s Prayer. Say it in good health!

For more rituals to bring good mojo at the casinos read this article: The Top Slot Machine Rituals to Bring Good Mojo

For info on the best strategies to increase your chances of winning on slot machines, read this article: Strategies for winning on slot machines

For more on how to win a bonafide jackpot read this article: How to Win a JACKPOT on Casino Slot Machines

For tips on how to have FUN on the slot machines without betting big, check out this article:

How to win at slot machines (or at least have a good time playing them)

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Lord

I humbly ask you to forgive me my sins. You have blessed me time and again and I have squandered Your blessing. Please Lord, lead me back to You and Your love. Help release me from the devil that has gotten control of me. I am now in debt over my head and need your assistance to pay my bills. You have blessed me with a wonderful man and a future I never dreamed I could have. I fear I will loose him and the future you lay before me if I can not get control of my gambling. I beg you lord to take me back into Your fold, to help me see Your plan and to see to fruition to the dreams You have for me. Please Lord, help me to pay my loans and credit cards off quickly. I can live with the means you have provided me through my job, if I could releve myself of these debts before June and the start of my new life with R. Please Lord forgive me for leaving You from shame and fear. Please Lord, hear my prayer from a repentant heart and soul. I will only succeed through You. In the Lords name I pray, Amen

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St. Cajetan

Short answer: there is none.

However, searches for variations of that question bring a lot of people to this site, probably because of the sidebar picture of St. Balthasar, the Patron Saint of Playing Card Manufacturers.  Since I lecture on Church history and have a sizable collection of

hagiographic

reference material, I thought I’d sort it out so people don’t go wandering all over the internet getting half-formed ideas about saints, patronage, gaming, and related subjects.

Since this is a long post about theological and historical subject matter, I’m going to place the text after the jump.

First, it’s important to clarify just what “saint” means to the Catholic and Orthodox churches. Let’s break it down into two words: “saint” (small ‘s’) and “Saint” (big ‘S’). 

A “saint” is anyone in heaven. Period. That’s it. If your grandma died in a state of grace and is now in heaven, she is a small-s saint.

A “Saint” is a person who is “officially” (more on that word later) recognized as being in heaven. We can’t know for sure if your granny is in heaven, but the Church throughout history has recognized that some people are, without question, not only in heaven, but also models of Christian life. These people are considered “Saints,” such as St. Francis or St. Clare.

However, this was not always an “official” process. In the early days of the Church, you became a saint by dying for the faith. Thus, the Church has long lists of people who were killed during the persecutions. Because they died as martyrs, they were automatically considered Saints. Some of their stories we know fairly well (such as

Sts Perpetua and Felicty

), but some are simply names on a list, with perhaps some pious legend attached to them at a later date (such as St. Christopher). 

After the persecutions, Saints were chosen from the ranks of holy men and women, usually by popular acclamation with the approval of a Bishop. The Church officially recognized some Saints, while others became Saints through the growth of local, popular devotion to a particular person after his or her death. 

Since non-Catholics almost always get this wrong, it’s important to point out that devotion to saints is not “worship” of a person, but veneration of the way God has worked in and through that person. They are held up as models to follow, and as examples of God’s work on earth. Prayers to Saints are intercessory prayers, similar to the way we would ask a friend or Church community to pray for us. (Some people misconstrue the meaning of “praying to” as a kind of worship, so think of it this way: we are praying with the Saints and the Saints are praying for us.) The saints are the great “cloud of witnesses” described as surrounding us in Hebrews 12:1. 

The whole making-of-Saints thing started to get out of hand in the Middle Ages, so around the 10th century the Pope began to formalize the process (known as canonization) to ensure that only worthy people bore the title “Saint.” This required an official inquiry over many years, including the appointment of a “Devil’s Advocate” to argue why the person should not be a saint. The process of canonization remains quite lengthy to this day, and requires two documented medical miracles in order to recognize a person as an official “Saint.”

The most obvious example of a saint for our times was Mother Theresa, who is in the process of being canonized.

What is a Patron Saint?

Patronage is almost always the result of popular devotion, and the origins of a particular patronage may be completely lost to history. Although the Church has named certain people as patron saints of certain causes or places, most of the popular patron saints simply evolved over time without an official process or declaration. 

Sometimes patronage is obvious. St. Lucy had her eyes gouged out, so she’s the patron saint of the blind. St. Clare was once so ill she could not attend mass, but had a vision of the entire mass from her bed. Thus, she is the patron saint of television. St. Lawrence was placed on a gridiron and slowly grilled to death over a fire, so he is the patron saint of … cooks. Legend has it that he told his persecutors, “I am done on this side. You may turn me over.” 

Patronage simply forms a point of contact for a specific aspect of the human experience, such as fatherhood (St. Joseph), motherhood (St. Monica), farmers (St. Isidore), soldiers (St. Martin of Tours), cancer (St. Peregrine) and so on. Because a particular Saint is already in heaven, and has some relation to a particular subject, they are believed to be more effective advocates for intercessory prayer. 

Patron Saints and Gaming

There is no patron saint of gaming. The closest we can get are St. Balthasar and St. Cajetan.

St. Balthasar is frequently listed as the “Patron Saint of Playing Card Manufacturers.” I’ve taught the Saints to 8th graders for years, and I have to tell you: that’s one of the most mysterious things I’ve ever found. I have dug deeply in order to figure out how and why Balthasar got attached not to card playing or cards, but to playing card manufacturers

patron saint of gamblers prayer

Balthasar, along with with Melchior and Caspar, is one of the magi who brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to Jesus. However, the Bible 1) does not name the magi, 2) does not say how many there were (they are usually depicted as 3 men because there were 3 gifts, but some ancient sources believed there were 12), and 3) does not say what they were (astrologers, magicians, kings, or simply “wise men”). Names of the wise men don’t appear before the 5th century. 

We know nothing else about St. Balthasar. There are several purported tombs of the magi, but no one takes their claims seriously. 

If there is some source or document that explains why St. Balthasar was given the care of people who make playing cards, it has thus far eluded me. Early cards were simply made by printers or artists.

In the absence of hard evidence explaining the Balthasar/card connection, the most obvious reason may be the actual answer. Balthasar was a “king.” Playing cards have “kings.” Ergo, it was natural to pick one of the Three Kings, and Balthasar got the job.

St. Cajetan (known as St. Cayetano in Spanish-speaking countries) is the Patron Saint of Gamblers. Cajetan, born in 1480, was a lawyer and the son of a wealthy family. Driven by a desire to reform the Church, he traveled to Rome, became a priest, and founded a religious order. He used his family fortune to create hospitals that served both the physical and moral needs of the poor. He also established pawn shops and credit unions to provide loans to the poor.

St. Cajetan

Cajetan’s connection to gambling is obscure. Popular lore says the people would ask him for a favor, and bet him a rosary that he couldn’t come through. Since he always came through, he was able to get people to pray more. Based on what I know of saints, this feels like a pious retrofitting of a reason to a patronage, and it just doesn’t sound likely. 

It’s more probable that his loans helped people get out from under the predatory interest rates of loan sharks, and many of the these loans were the result of gambling debts. Then, as now, a compulsive gambler could destroy his family, so it seems more likely that Cajetan probably helped problem gamblers get back on the right path both financially and morally.

Summary

In the end, we’re still left with few facts and no current patron saint of gamers. However, I think St. Cajetan fills the bill pretty well. He has some connection with gambling, which can be an element of gaming. But he also has connections with banking, which is simulated in many games. He used his wealth to help others, and had a deep sense of compassion. He fought the clerical corruption of his time by being a living example of Christian charity and care for the poor, and seems to have have been an all-around good guy. 

So, in the absence of another viable candidate, I’d like to nominate St. Cajetan as Patron Saint of Gamers.

Update (4/6/2011): St. Aloysius Gonzaga Reader Mark Franceschini had this to say: 

St. Aloysius Gonzaga
I’ve always recommended St. Aloysius Gonzaga (1568 – 1591), based on a story I once read. He was playing chess with some seminarians, and someone posed the question, “what would you do if you knew you had but an hour to live?” One said hewould go to confession, another that he would pray before the Blessed Sacrament, but not Saint Aloysius. He reasoned that, since his superiors gave him permission to play the game, and he had no other pressing duties, clearly, this is what God wanted him to do. So, in his final hour, he would finish the game!
Sounds like the Patron Saint of Gamers to me!

I like that a lot. If anyone else has any similar stories or candidates, please post them or send them to me and I’ll include them in a future update.

Update (4/8/2011): St. Matthias Below, Paul comments that St. Matthias should be added to the list since he was chosen to replace Judas by a drawing of lots, as we learn in Acts: 1:23-26:

And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed and said, “Lord, who knowest the hearts of all men, show which one of these two thou hast chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside, to go to his own place.” And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was enrolled with the eleven apostles. (RSV)

Yes, they chose the successor to the betrayer of Jesus by rolling dice.

Okay, so they probably weren’t dice. In the Judaism of the apostles’ time, a chief priest could cast lots by drawing one of two sacred stones from his breastplate. One stone was a “Yes” stone, and the other meant “No.” You can find some examples of lot-casting in 1 Chronicles 24 and 26, and, of course, in Jonah and Esther. “Purim” is the Hebrew word  for “lots,” as well as the name of the Jewish holy day commemorating the events of Esther.  

The problem is that Matthias vanishes without a trace after this. (Perhaps that 12th apostle slot was cursed.) He may have been crucified in Ethiopia, stoned in Jerusalem, or died of old age. This last one is unlikely: few early Christian leaders died peacefully in their beds. Of the original 12 apostles, only St. John died a natural death.

Currently, Matthias is the patron for alcoholics, carpenters, tailors and … the town of Gary, Indiana. 

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Short answer: there is none.

However, searches for variations of that question brought a lot of people to my gaming blog, probably because the sidebar included a picture of St. Balthasar, the Patron Saint of Playing Card Manufacturers.  Since I lecture on Church history and have a sizable collection of hagiographic reference material, I thought I’d sort it out so people didn’t go wandering all over the internet getting half-formed ideas about saints, patronage, gaming, and related subjects. It turned out to be a remarkably popular post, so I’ve revised and updated it for God and the Machine, integrating some suggestions from readers.

St. Balthasar

St. Balthasar is frequently listed as the “Patron Saint of Playing Card Manufacturers.” I’ve taught the Saints to 8th graders for years, and I have to tell you: that’s one of the most mysterious things I’ve ever found. I have dug deeply in order to figure out how and why Balthasar got attached not to card playing or cards, but to playing card manufacturers. 

Balthasar, along with with Melchior and Caspar, is one of the magi who brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to Jesus. However, the Bible 1) does not name the magi, 2) does not say how many there were (they are usually depicted as 3 men because there were 3 gifts, but some ancient sources believed there were 12), and 3) does not say what they were (astrologers, magicians, kings, or simply “wise men”). Names of the wise men don’t appear before the 5th century.

We know nothing else about St. Balthasar. There are several purported tombs of the magi, but no one takes their claims seriously.

If there is some source or document that explains why St. Balthasar was given the care of people who make playing cards, it has thus far eluded me. Early cards were simply made by printers or artists.

In the absence of hard evidence explaining the Balthasar/card connection, the most obvious reason may be the actual answer. Balthasar was a “king.” Playing cards have “kings.” Ergo, it was natural to pick one of the Three Kings, and Balthasar got the job.

St. Cajetan

St. Cajetan (known as St. Cayetano in Spanish-speaking countries) is the Patron Saint of Gamblers. Cajetan, born in 1480, was a lawyer and the son of a wealthy family. Driven by a desire to reform the Church, he traveled to Rome, became a priest, and founded a religious order. He used his family fortune to create hospitals that served both the physical and moral needs of the poor. He also established pawn shops and credit unions to provide loans to the poor.

Cajetan’s connection to gambling is obscure. Popular lore says the people would ask him for a favor, and bet him a rosary that he couldn’t come through. Since he always came through, he was able to get people to pray more. Based on what I know of saints, this feels like a pious retrofitting of a reason to a patronage, and it just doesn’t sound likely.

It’s more probable that his loans helped people get out from under the predatory interest rates of loan sharks, and many of the these loans were the result of gambling debts. Then, as now, a compulsive gambler could destroy his family, so it seems more likely that Cajetan probably helped problem gamblers get back on the right path both financially and morally.

St. Aloysius Gonzaga

One of my readers, Mark Franceschini, had this to say: 

“I’ve always recommended St. Aloysius Gonzaga (1568 – 1591), based on a story I once read. He was playing chess with some seminarians, and someone posed the question, “what would you do if you knew you had but an hour to live?” One said he would go to confession, another that he would pray before the Blessed Sacrament, but not Saint Aloysius. He reasoned that, since his superiors gave him permission to play the game, and he had no other pressing duties, clearly, this is what God wanted him to do. So, in his final hour, he would finish the game! Sounds like the Patron Saint of Gamers to me!”

St. Matthias

Another reader, Paul, remarked that St. Matthias should be added to the list since he was chosen to replace Judas by a drawing of lots, as we learn in Acts: 1:23-26: “And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed and said, ‘Lord, who knowest the hearts of all men, show which one of these two thou hast chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside, to go to his own place.’ And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was enrolled with the eleven apostles.”

Yes, they chose the successor to the betrayer of Jesus by rolling dice.

Okay, so they probably weren’t dice, although they could have been: dice date back at least 5000 years, and were used in ancient Greece and Rome. Casting lots was a common method of diving the will of God in Judaism, with a chief priest drawing one of two sacred stones from his breastplate in answer to a binary question. These were the Urim and Thummim. You can find some examples of lot-casting in 1 Chronicles 24 and 26, and, of course, in Jonah and Esther. “Purim” is the Hebrew word  for “lots,” as well as the name of the Jewish holy day commemorating the events of Esther.

The problem is that Matthias vanishes without a trace after this. (Perhaps that 12th apostle slot was cursed.) He may have been crucified in Ethiopia, stoned in Jerusalem, or died of old age. This last one is unlikely: few early Christian leaders died peacefully in their beds. Of the original 12 apostles, only St. John died a natural death.

Matthias is the patron for alcoholics, carpenters, tailors and … the town of Gary, Indiana.

St. Teresa of Avila

Richard Mehlinger tweeted to mention St. Teresa of Avila, who is already the patron saint of chess players. Like many patronages, which arise from popular devotion, this one isn’t always attached to Teresa, and appears to be based on the following passage in her Way of Perfection:

Do not imagine that a great part of my work is done. No, I have only been ‘placing the board’ for the game. You asked me to teach you the foundation of prayer, my daughters, although God did not establish me on this foundation, for I am almost destitute of these virtues; yet I know no other.

But, be sure that any one who does not understand how to set the pieces in the game of chess will never be able to play well, nor, if he does not know how to give check, will he ever succeed in effecting checkmate. You may blame me for speaking of a game, for such things are neither played nor permitted in our convent.

This will show you what a mother God has given you, skilled even in such vanities as this ! Still, they say that sometimes the game is lawful, and how well it would be for us to play it, and if we practised it often, how quickly we should checkmate this divine King so that He neither could, nor would, move out of our check!

The Queen is His strongest opponent in the game, and all the other pieces help her. No queen can defeat Him so soon as can humility.’ It drew Him from heaven into the Virgin’s womb, and with it we can draw Him by a single hair into our souls. And doubtless, the greater our humility, the more entirely shall we possess Him, and the weaker it is, the more reluctantly will He dwell within us.

For I do not and I cannot understand how humility can exist without love, or love without humility, nor can either of these virtues be held in their perfection without great detachment from all created things.

Perhaps you ask me, my daughters, why I speak to you of these virtues: they are taught in plenty of books and you only wish me to write about contemplation. If you had asked me about meditation, I could have instructed you, and I advise every one to practice it even though they do not possess the virtues, for this is the first step to obtain them all: it is most essential for all Christians to begin this practice. No one, however desperate his case may be, ought to neglect it if God incites him to make use of it. I have written this elsewhere, as have other people who understand the subject, which, as God knows, I certainly do not.

Contemplation, however, is quite another thing, daughters. We fall into a mistake on this point, so that if any one thinks about his sins every day for a certain time (as he is bound to do if he is a Christian in anything but name), we at once call him a great contemplative, and expect him to possess the sublime virtues proper to such a state: he even thinks so himself; but he is quite wrong. He has not yet learnt how to ‘place the board,’ but thinks he can effect checkmate simply by knowing the names of the pieces—in this he is deceived; this King will not let Himself be taken except by one who is entirely given up to Him.

Summary

In the end, we’re still left with few facts and no current patron saint of gamers. However, I think St. Cajetan fills the bill pretty well. He has some connection with gambling, which can be an element of gaming. But he also has connections with banking, which is simulated in many games. He used his wealth to help others, and had a deep sense of compassion. He fought the clerical corruption of his time by being a living example of Christian charity and care for the poor, and seems to have have been an all-around good guy.

So, in the absence of another viable candidate, I’d like to nominate St. Cajetan as Patron Saint of Gamers. However, please continue to add new suggestions and I will update the piece.

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