- May 6, 2021
The folklore is well known: Need to sell a house? Bury a statue of St. Joseph in the yard. Maybe wrapped in a cloth. But it must be upside down, near the “For Sale” sign, facing the house. Or facing away from the house, near the road. Or near flowers because he likes that.
The Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene will only allow 400 people in the church for Masses marking the transfer of the Black Nazarene, but it will offer 15 Masses Jan. 9.
St. Jude is known as the patron saint of difficult and desperate causes. It’s a devotion that’s found fertile ground in Mexico, where millions confront seemingly difficult and desperate problems in their daily lives.
Even in times of strict quarantine when prayer is not a legitimate enough reason to leave one’s house, in Italy expressions of popular piety and devotion are still driving the Catholic Church’s spiritual reaction to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, at times at the explicit request of the faithful.
One couple is promoting devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus through home visits with the icon.
Despite the deep abuse crisis plaguing the Catholic church in Chile, a traditional Marian devotion in a northern desert town is still going strong.