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The Patron Saint of Desperation

September 1, 2010

Desperate homeowners in Florida have devolved and reverted to magical practices in an attempt to sell their deflating asset. Supposedly, these persons born and raised in the 21st century with, one would assume, some familiarity with science and rationalism in a post-Enlightenment society, believe that if they bury a statue of St. Joseph then their house will sell.

At least that’s what the box of the “St. Joseph the Worker Home Sellers Kit” suggests.

“The idea is that you bury the statue of St. Joseph in trying to sell your home,” said the Rev. Donal Sullivan, pastor at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fleming Island.

Broach said she’s been selling the St. Joseph statues for years through her parish bookstore. She remembers a real estate agent a few years back buying 50 of the kits to give to clients.

“He wasn’t even Catholic,” she said.

This is another example, of the several that have been posted here, of modern persons believing they can do magic. You can’t. Stop.

Burying a poor representation of an ancient tekton in the hopes that it will compel someone to buy your home is little different than crunching up your nose ala Bewitched and trying to make things disappear with your mind.

Read the full story HERE

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Headless Unicorn Guy permalink
    September 1, 2010 3:57 pm

    Extreme skepticism and extreme superstition went hand-in-hand (often in the same person) during the Roman Empire — why shouldn’t it now, 2000 years later? People are people, and the world is full of tricks & twistiness. And when you add desperation into the mix…

  2. September 2, 2010 10:30 am

    I tried burying an effigy of Jim West in my front yard but people just called the cops.

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