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Old Aug 12, '13, 9:27 pm
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I was in the local Catholic store the other day when a woman came in asking for a statue of St. Joseph to be buried. I asked her why she would bury a status of St. Jospeh and she said it was done for the intention of selling a house and that it was to be buried upside-down.

I had never heard of such a thing but the proprietor said that he sold at least one every day and they went on to swap stories about this or that person who sold their home right away.

Is there background to this? Having lived in New York for most of my life, I have the feeling that it is an Italian thing. Why upside down? Do you remove it after the house sells?

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Old Aug 12, '13, 9:31 pm
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In my culture, they say that if you have an upside down statue of Saint Joseph, it will get you a boyfriend/girlfriend...Lol
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Old Aug 12, '13, 9:33 pm
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In my culture, they say that if you have an upside down statue of Saint Joseph, it will get you a boyfriend/girlfriend...Lol
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It's a superstitious practice that should be discouraged.
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Spanish/Mexican culture.
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Old Aug 12, '13, 9:38 pm
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It's a superstitious practice that should be discouraged.
The one we purchased when we were trying to sell our house came with a prayer card - and it was made very clear by the store staff that saying the prayer could assist with selling the house rather than the burying of the statue. Performing the practice of burying the statue is what led us to that prayer, so I think it can be a tradition that's beneficial "tradition" if practiced in the right way.

FTR - tried to find and remove the statue after the house sold, but couldn't locate it. So now it acts as a reminder every time we drive by the old place to offer another prayer to St. Joseph.
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Old Aug 12, '13, 9:54 pm
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This isn't Catholicism, but sacrilege for the sake of gain!
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Old Aug 12, '13, 10:37 pm
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Did you hear about the family that buried the statue sideways? Someone bought the neighbor's house.




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Did you hear about the family that buried the statue sideways? Someone bought the neighbor's house.




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This has actually been discussed several times here and there does not seem to be any clear answer to when where or why the idea got started.

My own personal feeling is that it is most likely something that stems from the same sort of old "folk remedies" - charms and such that people held before they converted to Christianity.
My guess is that the Church (local) looked at this and similar ideas and practices and found no real harm in them so they did not ban them.

Is it a superstition?? I guess it is in a way because there is no church teaching or approved "revelation" concerning this practice...and certainly if one does it without a proper faith, it serves no right purpose.
But on the other hand, if one DOES have a good and proper faith, and this is done as an act stemming from that faith (and one's culture), I cannot see the harm.

That said - I don't think I could bring myself to bury a statue of any saint for this or any other reason (except if it were blessed and broken).

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It's a superstitious practice that should be discouraged.
I agree. While on retreat at a monastery the retreat master discussed that. Most of his topic was on spiritual warfare and he mentioned about the St. Joseph statue being buried as something superstitious and it should not be done. And yet, it has found its way into Catholic gift shops.

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I was in the local Catholic store the other day when a woman came in asking for a statue of St. Joseph to be buried. I asked her why she would bury a status of St. Jospeh and she said it was done for the intention of selling a house and that it was to be buried upside-down.

I had never heard of such a thing but the proprietor said that he sold at least one every day and they went on to swap stories about this or that person who sold their home right away.

Is there background to this? Having lived in New York for most of my life, I have the feeling that it is an Italian thing. Why upside down? Do you remove it after the house sells?

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Please read this Ask an Apologist question answered by Father Vincent Serpa, chaplain of Catholic Answers, on why this practice is discouraged by the Church.
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This tradition comes from the belief that St Joseph is the patron saint of fast movers. He had to get Jesus out of town to Egypt quickly to save Him from the Slaughter of the Innocents.

My wife and I had only been married a year and living in a new home when I lost my job. My very devout Catholic mother suggested it and we were able to sell our house rather quickly. I made sure to dig Joseph back up because I took him out of the very nice Nativity set my parents gave us for our 1st Christmas together.

Does God ever expect us to show him physical signs of our faith and love? Signs that are perpetuated by the Church?

Oh, and while this tradition is not officially supported by the Catholic Church, the statue is sold in many parish religious goods stores right off the narthex of many-many Catholic churches - which to a large majority of the laity equates official doctrine.
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The main purpose of Catholic gift shops is to sell gifts. They are not the place to go for spiritual direction.
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