Matthew was a backslider, who had a weakness for the horses. One afternoon he noticed an unusual sight. Right before the
first race, a Catholic Priest visited one of the horses in the stable area and gave it a blessing. Matthew watched the
horse race very carefully, and sure enough, the blessed horse came in first.
Matthew followed the Priest before the next race. Again, the Priest went to the stables and blessed another horse. Matthew
quickly put £15 on that horse and won close to £75! The Priest kept blessing horses and Matthew kept betting on them and
they all won!
The last race of the day was the biggest and Matthew saw the Priest with the horse named Lucky Lad! He quickly went to the
cash point and withdrew £500 and put all his previous winnings on Lucky Lad. He watched the race in certain anticipation
of leaving a very rich man and made a vow that he would tithe the winnings. The horse was last to cross the line and Matthew
was gutted and dead broke!
He couldn't believe what happened so he went looking for the Priest. He found the man and asked, "What happened to that
last horse you blessed? Your blessing didn't work; I've lost all of my money!"
The Priest replied, "That's the trouble with you Protestants, you can't tell the difference between a blessing and the
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