Huh? Pray to a statue? Well that sure does sound like a bizarre practice - doesn't it. I can assure you I have never, ever prayed to a statue. Having cleared that up, I can equally assure you that I count among my closest friends a Bishop from North Africa who lived in the 4th century, an 11 year old Italian peasant girl who was brutally martyred, and a globe-trotting, baby-kissing, truth-preaching Polish Pope. They are my "go-to" people for back-up prayers and spiritual advice. Ok, so these are not exactly people I met at the local homeschool group, but they are some of the best friends a girl could ask for. And they most certainly are NOT statues. The Communion of Saints is one of the most mysterious aspects of what it means to be Catholic. Even for cradle Catholics it is puzzling to think that people who lived hundreds of years ago and thousands of miles away can be some of our closest friends and greatest spiritual mentors. Misunderstandings of Catholics'