United States Conference of Secular institutes


Feast of St. Joseph

Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a

Ok, so have you buried St. Joseph upside down in order to sell a house? Is it superstition or interces­sion? In intercession, we ask for a saint’s help in obtaining something that will strengthen our faith and love; supersti­tion, on the other hand, is asking a saint to manipulate God to get what we want. Selling a house could well allow us the peace of mind to return to loving God, but do we really think that manipulating God will get us a buyer? When all of our dreaming is over, let’s get up and discern loving strategies for dealing with the life we have—not the life we’d like to convince God to give us.