Thursday, September 28, 2006

St Joseph to the rescue?

I'm sure most people are familiar with the tradition of burying a statue of St. Joseph, the patron saint of home and family, in the front yard to help speed up the sale of their home. I remember when I was very little hearing my very Italian, and very Catholic grandmother telling friends and family to bury a statue St. Joseph. So I laughed to myself when I heard the big news that St. Joseph has suddenly been making a comeback. It appears that in the new age of longer market times and markets downturns in certain parts of the country, devote or not, sellers nationwide are buying statues of St. Joseph. Even some realtors have jumped on the bandwagon. A little faith certainly never hurt anyone, but online and local retailers can't get over how well the statues are selling. Online sites are selling thousands and even wholesale distributors are having trouble keeping up with the demand. The practice is dates back to the Medieval Times when an order of European nuns were looking for land on which to build a new convent. They buried St. Joseph medals and asked for his blessing. Others say the practice was started by German carpenters buried the statues in the foundation of the homes they built. Regardless of who started the tradition, it is obviously still out there being passed down in it's varied forms. I've heard everything from burying St. Joseph upside down in the front yard facing the street to lying the statue on its back pointing at the house like an arrow. The one thing they all seem to have in common is that after the home sells, the now previous owner is supposed to retrieve the statue and place it on a mantle or other prominent location in their new home. In need of a St. Joseph statue? Stop by your local religious goods store or check online. And for you high-rise sellers out there...may I suggest try burying St. Joseph in the middle of the night when no one's looking?