“So they hurried away and found Mary and Joseph and the baby lying in the manger.” Luke 2:16
Catholics believe in prayer and the intercession of saints.
But, why do we pray to saints; can’t we just go directly to Jesus?
Of course, we do that in prayer and our personal relationship with Jesus. So, why do we promote love and devotion to saints?
Jesus taught us to call God ‘Father;” we do that when we pray the “Our Father.” He also taught that we are all God’s family. “Anyone who does the will of God, that person is my brother and sister and mother.” Mark 3:35
We are the family of God in Jesus, the saints and each other, encouraging ALL to a personal relationship with Christ. He wants us as His friends. “You are my friends, if you do what I command you.” John 15:14
Saints, deceased brothers and sisters, are our “elders.” They lived virtuous lives of love of God and neighbor. Like Jesus, they are alive and continue teaching us how to live exemplary lives and have a righteous death.
Mary, the first saint, is the “favored daughter of God.” Luke 1:28-30. The Lord was with her as she bore God’s son. First after Mary is her husband, St. Joseph, foster father and earthly protector of Jesus.
Joseph is our example as head of a family. He taught Jesus to be a carpenter, and is the patron saint of workers among other things. Joseph was able to make a new home wherever they went. For this reason, believers pray to him to help them find a new home or sell the home they have.
Our personal family story can only be described as a miracle. It was an extraordinary development that brought VERY welcome consequences. We believe St. Joseph truly heard our plea.
The sale of our home helped us cultivate a friendship and love of the foster father of Jesus. Our prayerful experience happened after several weeks of trying to sell a home we had purchased soon after Harvey.
Burying a statue of St. Joseph upside down in the ground, they say, helps your home sell faster. It holds him captive until he gives in to our request. But why bury him?
Claims are that the practice started with a nun in the 1500s in Spain. St. Theresa of Avila was said to be having a difficult time finding land to start her new convent. She asked her nuns to start praying to St. Joseph and buried blessed medals of him around the property of her current convent. Not long after, they found the land for their new convent. Word got out about this and people started burying medals in their own yard in order to find a new home. They later started buying statues to bury in order to sell their property. This tradition still continues today and is practiced around the world.
Why upside down? In his book, “St. Joseph, My Real Estate Agent,” Stephen Binz explains why he believes Joseph has a great sense of humor. He describes how, for one, he humbles us; gets us on our knees when digging.
On the day before the “ceremony,” our Realtor had given us several recent offers on our home. All were way below the asking price.
We couldn’t believe it; the day after burying St. Joseph, one of those buyers decided to raise his offer and meet our asking price. We signed and SOLD to that buyer by the very end of that month!
“See how worried your father and I have been, looking for you.” Luke 2:48
Saints, so close to God’s ear in heaven, love to “put in a good word” for us with Jesus.