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After a month of prepping, packing, organizing and staging – we’re putting our house on the market.
This house has been our home the last 10 years. Me, being the gypsy at heart has totally been excited to get moving – until last night. Last night I realized that all 4 of our kids were raised here. I know this is PRETTY obvious information, but I’ve honestly been so wrapped in getting everything ready I haven’t thought through the emotions of leaving this place.
At the end of the day, I am happy to see this house look exactly how I dreamed it looking when we built it. It was empty for the first few years, and now we are overflowing and busting at the seams.
So now we live in this near perfect house – that must look perfect every minute of the day as we only get an hours notice before a showing. We’re wanting an offer soon – so we’ve resorted to Saint Joseph. My husband says I’m returning to my Catholic roots. Well, not exactly, but I’ll do anything to get some help!
Here is the tale of Saint Joseph. It’s actually quite funny. First you need to purchase a Saint Joseph statue. This is a small figurine – I purchase our’s on Amazon.
The custom of burying a statue of Saint Joseph upside down in the yard while one’s house is for sale goes back a long way in the United States — for despite an “urban legends” page online that pseudo-authoritatively claims the custom only began in the 1970s, i have ads in 1930s hoodoo spiritual supply catalogues that offer a tiny statue of Saint Joseph in a case made to carry him upside down.
The functional opposite to Saint Joseph — that is the Catholic entity to whom one addresses a petition when one wants to buy or rent a house — is Our Lady of Loreto.
You need to bury Saint Joseph upside down. Here is the Saint Joseph prayer for a quick home sale!
O, Saint Joseph, you who taught our Lord the carpenter's trade, and saw to it that he was always properly housed, hear my earnest plea. I want you to help me now as you helped your foster-child Jesus, and as you have helped many others in the matter of housing. I wish to sell this [house/property] quickly, easily, and profitably and I implore you to grant my wish by bringing me a good buyer, one who is eager, compliant, and honest, and by letting nothing impede the rapid conclusion of the sale. Dear Saint Joseph, I know you would do this for me out of the goodness of your heart and in your own good time, but my need is very great now and so I must make you hurry on my behalf. Saint Joseph, I am going to place you in a difficult position with your head in darkness and you will suffer as our Lord suffered, until this [house/property] is sold. Then, Saint Joseph, i swear before the cross and God Almighty, that i will redeem you and you will receive my gratitude and a place of honour in my home. Amen.