I keep finding myself heading back to this story news10.net reported on last week. Some folks are burying small statues of Saint Joseph in their yards to help sell their homes. It appears that when times get tough and bubbles begin to burst, turning to religion and prayer is just the ticket. It’s just that this ticket has a specially reduced price tag of only $5.95.
From totallycatholic.com (no, I’m not joking):
Don’t be fooled by secular companies selling these! They promote this practice as superstition and ‘good luck’. We developed this St. Joseph House selling kit years ago and have sold thousands to devout Roman Catholics who understand the devotion related to this pious practice…Some secular companies are selling similar kits for $14.00 or more — we have kept our price low through the years to make it affordable for all!
Watch out, those secular companies are out to get you! Because, you know, having a business that is not overtly or specifically religious just screams of capitalism and exploitation. Oh, by the way, tc.com’s tiny bible keychains are on sale for $3.95 (you’ll need a magnifying glass to read it!).
And before you ask, I’m not sure what my point is. More from the new10.com story:
At the Catholic Store on Broadway in Sacramento and Heavenly Hearts in Roseville, the owners try to shift the emphasis away from actually burying a statue of St. Joseph. “We don’t like to think of this in a superstitious way,” said Sandra Perez, owner of the Catholic Store, “Because that’s not the idea. The idea really is to have your faith.”
Hmmm, “shifting emphasis” eh?
Michelle Craddock of Heavenly Hearts agreed. “I tell people who want to bury it to do so as part of the tradition, but only do it for that reason,” she said. “Some people come in and say: ‘I need to bury St. Joseph to sell my house!’ And I say, no, you need to pray!”
Ok, I’m confused. So just pray to sell your house? Or pray AND bury this religious icon in your yard. Or forget your house and just get to praying?
Maybe that’s my point.