We have seen that Catholics believe just about any superstition handed down by their Church, but mix that with a money-making scheme and some of them are ripe for the picking. (And no, I’m not talking about Indulgences).
Some slick entrepreneurs have combined two of Catholicism’s best schemes–statue adoration and prayers to dead people–to dupe unsuspecting members out of their money and to further their dependence upon an organization that teaches another gospel.
Here’s the scheme: If you can’t sell your house, buy a St Joesph statue and bury it (upside down) in your yard. Then pray to the dead guy (also known as necromancy which is forbidden by the Bible) and then viola! Your house should sell like hotcakes!
You too can get your “Underground Real Estate Agent Kit” here. The website provides the following historical background on this scheme:
The solemn tradition of burying St. Joseph in the earth began hundreds of years ago in Europe. During those times, an order of nuns prayed to St. Joseph (the patron saint of the family and household needs) when they needed more lands for convents. The Sisters were encouraged to bury their St. Joseph medals in the ground.
The medals evolved into statues, culminaing [sic] with the complete “Underground Real Estate Agent” Kit currently available. Today, thousands of homesellers and real estate agents nationwide continue this successful tradition; they are looking for a little divine intervention.
The St. Joseph Statue “The Underground Real Estate Agent” Kit was developed to assist you in continuing this tradition. The kit contains everything thing you need to successfully bury your own St. Joseph Statue. Be it fact or be it fiction, it’s worked more than once.
“The sisters were encouraged to bury their St. Joseph medals in the ground.” By who? I hate to sound like a broken record, but please, show me chapter and verse where this stuff is supported.