When it comes to real estate it’s all about location, location, location—and St. Joseph! St. Joseph has been a successful ally for many Catholic homeowners trying to sell their homes. As the patron saint of families and a happy home, it has long been a tradition for Catholics to bury a small statue of St. Joseph somewhere in their yard and to recite a special prayer in the hopes that St. Joseph will intercede on their behalf for the speedy sale of their home.
This tradition is believed to have started with a 16th century nun named Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada (later St. Teresa of Avila). St. Teresa founded the Discalced Carmelites order of nuns in 1562, and it was her personal mission to establish many convents throughout Spain. One day as she searched for a location to build on, she discovered an ideal parcel of land. She turned to St. Joseph in prayer asking for his aid in acquiring the land; she buried a medal with his image on it in the soil and waited patiently. St. Teresa ultimately attained the land and believed it was St. Joseph who came to her assistance. The tradition of burying a medal of St. Joseph—and later a statue of the saint—gained momentum after St. Teresa’s experience.
As Catholics we don’t believe or promote superstition, so many may ask, “Isn’t this being superstitious?” According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the official definition of superstition is “the deviation of religious feeling and of the practices this feeling imposes. It can even affect the worship we offer the true God, e.g., when one attributes an importance in some way magical to certain practices otherwise lawful or necessary. To attribute the efficacy of prayers or of sacramental signs to their mere external performance, apart from the interior dispositions that they demand, is to fall into superstition. In other words, superstition is the belief that something (other than God) is responsible for bringing you “good luck” or that something happened purely by chance. Carrying a lucky penny or relying on a rabbit’s foot to bring you good fortune is what the Church considers superstition. As long as you view the burying of a St. Joseph statue as a physical form of prayer to ask for his intercession on your behalf before God, and not as a “lucky piece,” it’s not considered superstition. The purpose of the tradition is about turning to your faith in time of need.
How Do You Use Your St. Joseph Home Seller Kit?
Your Catholic Faith Store St. Joseph Home Seller Kit will arrive complete with everything you need, including a 4-inch St. Joseph statue, the history of St. Joseph, the Prayer to St. Joseph, and suggested step-by-step instructions.
- When deciding where to bury your statue, let your personal preference dictate. You can bury it by the “For Sale” sign, by the mailbox, in a flower garden, or anywhere on your property.
- Once you’ve found your spot, dig a small hole into the soil or grass about one to two feet deep. Place the statue head down, with the feet facing towards heaven.
- Cover the statue completely with the soil. Once the statue is covered, recite the Prayer to St. Joseph either alone or with your family asking for his protection and for his intercession in the selling your home and finding a suitable new one. Continue praying to St. Joseph for harmony and grace in your home even after it’s sold.
- Once you sell your home, remember to take the statue out of the ground and bring it with you as you start your new journey in your new residence.
- Place the statue somewhere visible where you can be reminded of St. Joseph and to continue to pray to him to help you establish a happy home.
Tell us in the comments about how St. Joseph has helped you sell your home.
The Catholic Church is filled with symbols and images meant to be visual reminders of our faith. These symbols tell a story and often reveal a powerful message. Besides the cross—the most recognizable image of the Catholic faith — the Miraculous Medal, or the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, is another popular image that’s rich with meaning. Read More →
As you read this our fellow Christians in Iraq are being slaughtered for their religious beliefs. We as Catholic Christians stand united against genocide and religious discrimination.
Iraqi Christians are being marked with the Arabic symbol for “N”, we too proudly display it in solidarity for those killed in Iraq. The “N” stands for Nazarene. They are being branded, beaten and killed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Please pray for those affected by these tragedies.
O Lord, we cry to you, with deep pain in our hearts and souls.
Our hearts ache, because of genocide caused by
the lust for power,
cruel hatred for others,
because of their religious differences.
God of all, the heavens weep, the winds whisper
through this great world you have created.
We hear and feel the weeping in our own souls.
Open our eyes and cleanse our souls
that we may always remember the awful injustices.
Entrust the path of peace to the protection of the Virgin Mary.
Dear Catholic Faith Store,
Last month I purchased a medal of St. Catherine of Bologna. I bought this while I was starting on a painting of St. Catherine. I took an interest in her after seeing the movie Monuments Men. I’ve always had an interest in history of all kinds and I’ve also found that art is the best way to explore history. With those interests combined, that leads to research. When I start on a painting, I like to research what I paint. I would just like to share the photo of my painting with you, which is 11″x14″ and done in acrylic on linen. Right now I am starting on a painting of Joan of Arc.
In the fall I plan on showing this piece at Phillip’s Mill in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
I’ll be back in touch. With this I think that I will also be doing a painting of St. Margaret, and St. Michael. Take care and God Bless.
The crucifix is one of the most recognizable images in the world and for many it evokes a range of emotions. The crucifix is a powerful image. Unlike a simple cross, the wall crucifix features the figure of Christ being crucified. This raw, visual reminder of how much Jesus suffered can be difficult to look at. Yet, as sorrowful as this image is, it’s also a beautiful, triumphant image. It reminds us that Jesus’ suffering was for our benefit—our sins will be forgiven and we will gain everlasting life; after our death, we’ll experience no more pain, suffering, sadness, or anything bad. Read More →
From the first moment Pope Francis stepped out on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica soon after being elected pope, Catholics around the world have been captivated by the man chosen to lead the Catholic Church. What fascinates so many people about Pope Francis is his humility and simplicity. Read More →
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Angela sent us these wonderful photos and description on how she is honoring Mary in her garden. We love to see the photos and inspiration from our happy customers!
“Here are the pictures from my yard for my Our Lady of Lourdes statue you made me. She is so beautiful and I am so proud to share this with you. Here grotto is made out Of marble hand carved from Italy over 150 years ago. My father had the marble from A church that was torn down and he was given the marble from the priest and has Been sitting under his deck for over 10 years.”
Besides Mary, Mother of Jesus, the other well-known Mary in the New Testament is Mary Magdalene. These two prominent figures in the Catholic Church share the same name, but that’s where their similarities end. Mary, Mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene couldn’t be more different. The Blessed Virgin Mary was born without original sin and was pure, while Mary Magdalene was a sinner and a prostitute.
Or was she?
As with many figures in the Bible, Mary Magdalene’s life is up to much debate and interpretation. Mary Magdalene is often confused with another Mary—Mary of Bethany (sister of Martha and Lazarus) and is often believed to be the penitent woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and hair.
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