Many people today know about St. Joseph as a “real estate agent”—plant a statue in the front yard of a house you are trying to sell and you’ll get results fast. Or so the stories go.
In fact, amazingly, people do sell their houses when they bury St. Joseph’s statues in their front yard. In fact, just yesterday I heard a friend who unburied St. Joseph from their front yard when they found him there by accident in their relatively new home!
A few months ago a woman came up to me in the airport. She and her young husband had only 30 days to sell their house or they would lose the new house they had just built in order to raise a family. My heart went out to them. I urged them to pray to St. Joseph.
In these days when houses and jobs are being lost, people are looking for work, I encourage people to pray to St. Joseph, but I remind them that St. Joseph wants more than to sell your house. He really wants to take care of you so that you will be part of his family. So that he will be able to teach you how to pray, to trust, to love as he did. There was no other human closer to Jesus and Mary than Joseph.