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Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 29, 06 at 10:32

Interesting article I read today. Anyone else have any particular rituals, traditions, or "superstitions" they follow?

I'm in the market for something to repel klutziness. Long story. :D


Can't Sell Your Home? Some Turn to St. Joseph

St. Joseph is the patron saint of the home, but in a slow housing market, many turn to him to help sell their home.

The idea is to take a statue of the saint and bury it upside down next to your "For Sale" sign with his feet pointing toward the sky.

Sellers and real estate agents report what you might call "miraculous" results. Lyons Realty agent Dorothy McWilliams first became aware of the practice back in the 1990s when a client was having a very tough time trying to sell her home. "Then all of a sudden, it got an offer on it, and I was really happy about that," Dorothy said. "And later she told me, well, you got that offer because I buried St. Joseph in the backyard, two days ago."

If that wasnt enough to convince McWilliams, three years later she was trying to sell the clients daughters home, but again, no takers. "All of a sudden, we got two offers on it, and after we negotiated the offer, they informed me that they also had buried St. Joseph in the backyard!"

The tradition may come from an ancient practice of burying religious medals in the ground when a priest was not available to bless the land.

Another story says that St. Teresa of Avila, a 16th century Catholic nun, buried medals of St. Joseph when she was searching for land for a new convent.

Today, there are actually St. Joseph Home Selling Kits you can buy that explain the tradition and offer instructions on exactly what to do and what prayer to say. But the Rev. James Murphy of the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento doesnt like the idea of burying the statue. "This is not the mind of the Church," he said. "It comes dangerously close to superstition. Its giving magical powers to a statue that it doesnt have."

At the Catholic Store on Broadway in Sacramento and Heavenly Gifts in Roseville, the owners try to shift the emphasis away from actually burying a statue of St. Joseph. "We dont like to think of this in a superstitious way," said Sandra Perez, owner of the Catholic Store, "Because thats not the idea. The idea really is to have your faith."

Michelle Craddock of Heavenly Gifts agreed. "I tell people who want to bury it to do so as part of the tradition, but only do it for that reason," she said. "Some people come in and say: 'I need to bury St. Joseph to sell my house!' And I say, no, you need to pray!"

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RE: Superstition?

Hey there, Brandy. I am known as the "always late...". I try to make sure I always have time to get to any appt. on time even to the point of getting one of those atomic clocks that get reset to the correct time every midnight. It doesn't make any difference. I can start out with a ridiculous amount of spare time and I will still be late. In fact it seems like the earlier I start the later I am. Just this week I agreed to do a talk for a group when the speaker was called out of town for an emergency. The talk was at 2:00 and the location only 15 minutes from my house, maybe 20 in rush hour traffic. I got in the car and opened the garage door at 1:00. There was a moving van parked across the entrance to the driveway with no driver in sight! By the time the van was moved I was running late and my early start left me 5 minutes late for the talk. I would love to know how to get rid of this problem and as you search for that blessing against klutziness please, look for one for good timing for me. Sandy
P.S. I am a firm believer in Murphy and all the 400+ corollaries to Murphy's Law.

Here is a link that might be useful: The truth of the matter

RE: Superstition?

Maybe those folks need a better realtor?

Unfortunately my life runs by Murphy's Law, but I know a GREAT realtor.

RE: Superstition?

  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Mon, Oct 2, 06 at 14:16

LOL Sarah, I wouldn't be surprised, since that woman gave 2 examples of her own failing as a realtor before Joseph supposedly stepped in. :D

Great link, Sandy! I love this one - "Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool." I guess we're ALL fools at something. LOL


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