Question of the Day for Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Burying St. Joseph?
Q. I am appalled that church gift shops and Catholic religious catalogs sell St. Joseph home-seller’s kits. It includes a statue, prayer card and booklet describing St. Joseph. It is claimed that burying his statue upside down aids in selling your home. Many blogging on Google.com under “St. Joseph statue” claim this action works. Are we so desperate that we will do anything to get what we want? We lower ourselves even to the point of being superstitious.
Tom V., Sun City Center, Fla.
A. Here’s a reply from TCA columnist Father Ray Ryland, Ph.D., J.D
One of my friends has sold a home, even before it went on the market, under unusually beneficial circumstances after burying a statue of St. Joseph on his property. Another friend bought a home previously not for sale after still another friend buried a St. Joseph statue on the property. Both families had special devotion to St. Joseph. I have just learned that a local Catholic bookstore stocks the seller’s kits you describe. Knowing the faith of these two friends’ families, I do not believe they were superstitious in using this method of invoking the prayers of St. Joseph. Beyond that, I have no opinion to offer about this practice.
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