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.