I am not Catholic...I am not even Christian. So this post is a little out there for me. But I am actually curious to what people will say.
The house has been on the market for 6 months now. With only 1 showing between September and New Year's Eve....it was a slow start. But since the 1st of the year, we have had at least one showing a weekend (minus this past weekend!). The feedback we get has been positive, and the reasons for a buyer not making an offer are all things that are out of our control (house too small for our needs, not quite what we were looking for). The only other comment has been people wanted "a more upgraded" house. While that is something we COULD do....we are not GOING to do that. You may certainly renovate the kitchen once you own it...but I am not doing that.
Enter St. Joseph.
Again....I am not Catholic....so my first response to the person who brought it up was "Who?"
I have since found out that St. Joseph is the Patron Saint of the Home. Superstition (is that the right word? Myth? Legend?) says that if you bury a statue of him upside down in your yard (and research has shown that there are multiple theories to exactly WHERE in your yard he should go), he is uncomfortable and will work really hard to get out of the ground. He only gets dug up once your house is sold....ergo, he helps sell your house. Once he is dug up, you are supposed to take him to your new home and give him a place of honor as a thank you for his help.
(If I am wrong on something...or there is more to it...please tell me.....)
I have several friends....either practicing Catholics or who were raised Catholic and are now worshiping elsewhere....who keep telling me that I need to do this to speed up the sale of the house. (OK, one friend who is Catholic says no, don't do it....but she is the only one).
I have several issues with this whole thing, to which everyone thinks I am crazy.
- I am not Catholic!! I think it is sort of rude and insulting to those who are Catholic to try and "use" their religion for personal gain (which is a biggie in my spirituality).
- There is a prayer you are supposed to say when you bury the statue. For those who are Christian, it sounds like a fairly standard type prayer...but for me, it is worshiping something that I personally don't follow.
- Keeping the statue.....again, I get the whole "thank you for your help" thing...but it isn't my belief system. But even if I DID try this....I wouldn't feel right displaying the statue, but I also wouldn't feel right getting rid of it.
- Getting the statue. I wouldn't even know where to get a statue.....so someone told me to look on the internet (well of course! duh!). I went to Amazon...and sure enough....I can get a statue for $5.34, with free shipping on orders over $35. OK wait a minute....buying a religious relic on Amazon is really not reverent in my opinion.
I have been repeatedly told that I am overthinking this. (Me, overthink something.....where would they ever get that idea....). I have also been told that maybe this is a spiritual changing of the tides (although I really don't see converting to Catholicism in my future). I have also been told that the worse that will happen is that it won't work, and the only thing I would lose is my $5.34 plus shipping (unless I bought another $29.66 of goods, which isn't hard on Amazon).
Wait...friend....while I don't think that the 10 Plagues will befall me as retribution for falsely praying to a Saint.....I don't think that nothing will happen. Karma people.....karma.....
So, I am curious to your thoughts. Are you Catholic and have tried this, and did it work? Have you tried this and it didn't work? Would you try it, even if it didn't align with your belief system? Just curious!!!