Ok...since I'll admit to praying to St. Anthony when I lose my glasses for the umpteenth time, or to St. Brendan when my son decides to take a twenty foot sailboat across the Great Lakes in September, I will also admit to being very amused by an article in today's Wall Street Journal reporting that sales of St. Joseph statues were booming -- among Catholics and non-Catholics alike -- bonded in their fervent desire to try anything to get their house to sell. The belief is that someone needs only to bury a statue of St. Joseph (patron saint of the home and carpenters) upside down in the yard, recite a few prayers...and voila! A buyer (with money) will appear. Apparently miracles can happen even in this crummy housing market. (You can read the entire article online for free today.)
St. Joseph statues are so hot right now; several websites will provide a desperate homeowner with a specially prepared "Home Sale Kit" or "St. Joseph Home Sales Kit." And Good Fortune Online will throw in a St. Jude statue (patron saint of difficult causes) for good measure.
There is of course debate on the correct method of burying the statue, as well as where (near the front door facing away from the house, or next to the "For Sale" sign) along with reminders to make sure and dig up the statue after the sale and bring him to the new house. Depending on how long it takes, the biggest challenge may be to not forget where one buried St. Joseph.
*the image of St. Joseph is by John Collier.