Saint Joseph, Patron of Happy Home and Safeguard of Families, Pray for us.
Are you a believer or nah? A quick poll of my closest friends revealed that some knew, some reeallllyyyy knew and were strong believers, and then there were several others that had no idea of what I was talking about. Well, the group that has no idea what I’m talking about, this post is for you.
Several years ago, before I was ever selling real estate, I recall hearing about St. Joseph from a former neighbor of mine. Shortly after she had sold and moved, I ran into her and she shared the story of St. Joseph. She told me she had buried a statue of him in the yard and forgot to dig him up before closing. So, one evening, she snuck over to the house to retrieve him. I got so tickled at the thought of my neighbor sneaking over to her old house, I honestly never forgot about St. Joseph.
Fast forward to present day and being in real estate, I get a real kick out of the things sellers will do to get their homes sold. First and foremost, hiring a REALTOR, using fair market evaluations and of course, getting your home in stellar showing condition are keys to successful closings. However, I do believe that St. Joseph has his place in the process! Really it doesn’t hurt anything and I’m all for praying! We certainly can never pray enough!
Ok, ok…now you’re probably thinking – LeeAnn what the heck does St. Joseph have to do with selling a home. The story goes like this……Dating waaaay back to A.D. 1515 – 1582 or there-about, when the nuns would want to acquire more land, they would pray to St. Joseph and bury medals of him in the ground. I found an excerpt that said:
“He became a Saint for workers and it was very common to pray to him to get his help with house sales and many other things. The reason he was made a Patron Saint is that he taught Jesus the craftsman’s trade an
d made sure that Jesus always was well housed. That is the reason why he always helped people find a house they were looking for and in that way help the people who need to sell their homes“. (History of St. Joseph, October 2, 2018 retrieved from: https://www.st-josephstatue.com/history-of-st-joseph )
You can find a St. Joseph statue on Amazon along with instructions and the prayer. OR I have them here in the office and I’d be glad to share. Just stop by for a little coffee and I’ll pass one off to you.
So, have any of you ever successfully used a St. Joseph’s statue to sell your house? How did it go? Anyone else have a tradition you’d like to share instead?