Sunday, 22 January 2012

Is there a patron saint for Lotto?

You know. We Catholics like Patron Saints. We should also be very lucky with the Lotto since we have saints to help us win. Or do we? The will of God must take precedent. Also we must be mindful that God provides and that the love of money is the root of evil. Having said this let me show what my internet research has revealed in reference to a Patron Saint of Lotto.

SAINT CAJETAN:Well there is a patron Saint for Gamblers. Saint Cajetan (1480-1547) was an italian heir to great wealth. With his own money, and help from others, Cayetano formed a consortium, a bank of sorts, and extended loans to his parishioners, offering an alternative to the usury and high interest loans of the cutthroat bankers. Cayetano opened pawnshops, where he extended low, or no interest rate, loans. Cayetano, always among his flock, became known as the Patron Saint of Gamblers. His parishioners would bet Cayetano a rosary or blessed candle, that he would not do some special favor for them. If they lost the bet, if Cayetano did do that something special for them, and he often did, they would have to pay up. The usual pay-up: they had say their rosaries. Tales of his humility were limitless. He had a special ability to care, and be compassionate.

SAINT MATTHEW: Now, Saint Matthew is the Patron Saint of Money. He was a tax collector. but he gave up his lavish lifestyle to follow Christ.

SAINT PANTELEON: In Italy, Pantaleon supposedly gives favourable lottery numbers in dreams. Pantaleon converted his father, upon whose death he came into possession of a large fortune. He freed his slaves and, distributing his wealth among the poor, developed a great reputation in Nicomedia. A phial containing some of his blood was long preserved at Ravello. On the feast day of the saint, the blood was said to become fluid and to bubble.

Saint Eligius was also knoiwn as Eloi or Eloy. Eigius took advantage of this royal favor to obtain alms for the poor, and to ransom captive Romans, Gauls, Bretons, Moors, and especially Saxons, who were arriving daily at the slave market in Marseille. He is not the patron saint of anything to do with money. He is the Patron Saint of Goldsmiths.

You know there is one more thing to be mindful of......
neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour's.

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