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Sep 27, 2021

This is Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. Fall is here and so too is football viewing season. As many of us settle in to watch our favorite college and professional teams each weekend we will see surprising plays, amazing tackles, touchdowns, and amazing finishes. As viewers, we should be able to enjoy the games and allow them to provide us with entertainment and a change of pace from the demands of daily life. This will not be the case if we are irresponsibly gambling on games and worrying that the outcome will cost you the money that you cannot afford to lose and, in fact, would even be detrimental to your family. Be aware of the many new temptations that make it so easy to gamble on sports. Instead, use the money to assist those in need and, then, sit back, relax and enjoy the game!