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Can Angels Help Sell a House?

Q: My sister-in-law, who has been trying to sell her house, recently received a chain letter urging her to invite angels on a specific day and time to visit her and help sell the house. They come for five days and then move on to three new individuals. This sounds like superstition to me. What do you think?

A: I’m with you on this, especially because your letter included considerable detail (not included here) about how the angels are to be welcomed. It’s fine to ask angels, St. Joseph, or some other saint for assistance in selling a house. The letter you describe, however, is more about control than grace. I advise you to steer clear of this.

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