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Bury a St Joseph Statue. Huh?

The real estate ritual goes like this, take a Saint Joseph statue and dig a hole in your back yard. If there is no back yard, use the front yard. If there is no yard at at all, dig a hole in a large potted plant. Burry the statue upside down, head downward facing east.

The custom hearkens back at least to the great St. Teresa of Avila (A.D. 1515 – 1582), foundress of the Disalced Carmelite Order. As her Order spread, a new convent had to be built, and in order for a new convent to be built, land must be had. When the nuns found a particular piece of land that was perfect for their purposes, they also found that their coffers weren’t full enough to purchase it, so they decided to ask the intercession of St. Joseph, burying medals imprinted with his likeness in the ground of the desired property as a sign of their prayers. It worked.

Here’s my queston.  Why St. Joseph?  Why not St. Jude, the Patron Saint of Desperate Causes? Or, St. Isadore of Seville, the Patron  Saint of the Internet (I didn’t even know there was a Patron Saint of the Internet until today)

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