Periodically, I like to visit our local “Christian” bookstore. Admittedly, there’s a lot of “Jesus junk” sold at these kinds of stores along with a preponderance of books from the “prosperity gospel” crowd but occasionally I do find something useful. During a visit last year I noticed a very large supply of St. Joseph statues in the store’s Catholic section. I wondered why there was such a large number of St. Joseph statues available because I knew that Catholics worship Mary much, much more than lowly Joseph. A couple of weeks later there was an article in the real estate section of the newspaper that explained it all. I learned that many Catholics, and even non-Catholics, make it a practice to bury a statue of Joseph, the “patron saint” of home and family, in the yard of a house they’re trying to sell to bring good luck and expedite the sale.
Folks, this is sheer pagan voodoo superstition at its very worst. But I’m not surprised at all. Catholicism is full of voodoo good luck charms like this including blessing yourself with “holy” water, making the sign of the cross, “holy” medals, scapulars, crucifixes, rosaries hanging from automobile rear view mirrors, etc., etc. “Father” Robert J. Levis, a writer at EWTN.com, states that burying a St. Joseph statue to facilitate the sale of a house is blatant superstition although I’m sure there are many other priests who would condone the practice or simply wink at it.
I wrote a letter to the manager of the bookstore asking that they remove the large supply of St. Joseph statues from their shelves since they were being used in a superstitious pagan practice, besides the fact that God forbids the worship (Catholics call it “veneration”) of statues.
“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them” – Exodus 20:4-5.
Needless to say the St. Joseph statues are still being sold.
Thank the Lord for the plain but glorious Gospel of salvation by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ ALONE.