The sale of my townhome has finally closed, and I wanted to thank all of you who have been praying for me and my intentions! (Keep it up though, I still need a lot of help from the Lord right now.)
I admit to burying a St. Joseph statue
. I followed "the most common [method]...in the front of the property, facing the house...next to the 'For Sale' sign." I bought a really cheap plastic statue with Joseph holding Jesus. (The one pictured is the exact statue, which I dug back up the night of the closing. You can still see some particles of dirt in a few places.)
As for my own formal prayers, I focused on four prayers in particular:
1) That others would pray for me and my intentions, including Mary, the angels, and the saints (living and deceased).
2) I asked for the intercession of St. Joseph
, and in the process came to realize a lot about him. I admit that I've long held a misguided thought that Joseph was an overrated saint, but he is not! And I don't say that simply because I believe he helped me out, though I do. I say it because I said the 30 Day Prayer to St. Joseph
. The repetition of doing so helped me deepen my understanding of who this man was and what he is capable of even now. Even if you choose to never say this prayer, I recommend reading its words to learn more about him.
3) I asked for the intercession of St. Rita, Saint of the Impossible
. While I admit to thinking maybe this was overkill (as selling my house couldn't be considered impossible), I ultimately decided it couldn't hurt. Furthermore, I love how the prayer to St. Rita
ends (directly to God): "Thou art the recompense of the humble, the defense of the helpless, and the strength of those who trust in Thee, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.
" The Lord is indeed our strength!
4) I asked for the intercession of St. Raphael
, who has long been one of my favorites. In particular, I said the prayer to St. Raphael the Archangel
, namely because his intercession has helped me so many times in the past.
Again, I'd like to thank all of you for your prayers! Hopefully I will be able to return the favor. In the meantime, I have to suggest Mary, Joseph, Rita, and Raphael as intercessors for your own intentions--based on their continuing support for me.
But more than that, I have to say:
All praise and honor be to our Lord!