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PRAYING BEFORE ST. JOSEPH STATUE
A Catholic kneels or stands before a statue to pray, this doesn’t mean he’s praying to the statue.
A person may kneel with a Bible in his hand, but no one thinks he’s praying to a book. Statues and other images are used to recall to the mind the person or thing depicted. Just as it’s easier to remember one’s family by looking at a photograph, so it’s easier to remember the lives of the saints (and thus be edified by them) by looking at representations of the saints.
The Lord commanded the Ark, which held the tablets of the Law, to be topped with statues of two cherubim. The statues were to be made of gold, and the wings of the cherubim were to be held over the Ark, as though protecting it, Exocus 25.