Q. I recently read an article in the paper about people who bury a statue of St. Joseph in their yard when they are trying to sell their home. Supposedly, this, and prayer to St. Joseph helps. Does the Bible prohibit such actions and prayers?
Yes. Praying to dead people, referred to as saints is a human tradition and is foreign to the Scriptures. Let the Scriptures speak:
1 Timothy 2:5
For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises.
For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.