I learned something at mass on Friday that I couldn’t wait to share! Have you heard of the tradition of burying a St. Joseph statue in your garden when trying to sell a house? It’s a very common practice here in Louisiana, even among non-Catholics.
During his homily about St. Andre’ Bessette (Friday’s saint), Fr. told about this tradition. He said that St. Andre’, a lay brother in the Congregation of Holy Cross, had a great devotion to St. Joseph. When his community wanted to build an oratory to serve the young people in the Montreal area, they needed to purchase some adjacent land. The owners of the land refused to sell to the brothers. Andre’ went out onto the middle of the property in question and buried some St. Joseph medals. He knelt there and asked St. Joseph’s intercession. A few days later, the owners of the property had a change of heart, and sold the land to the brothers of Holy Cross. An oratory was built and named for St. Joseph.
Thus started the tradition of asking St. Joseph’s intercession for the buying and selling of property. Father advised us that the tradition is good, as long as it is not used as a superstition or good luck charm. Asking for prayers from St. Joseph, Jesus’ foster-father is fine. If it’s God’s Will, your house will sell!