I think the heart of the statement rings true. My dad prayed to Saint Anthony to find my missing wallet. He found it in front of me in the kitchen cupboard - why I put it there? I don't remember and probably did no put it there. It is where the pots and pans were. He most likely set it up as he did when he tricked me into eating a worm, because, you know, of course he showed me he did it...by standing at an angle, holding it above his mouth and lowering it behind his face onto his shoulder.That is a half truth. Jesus is not in front of the church because he is sixth on a list. It is out of respect for Jesus / God 'ironically' that they would first pray to others for advice, help to reach God.
My grandma would hold her rosary - keep it in a special place and that is how she prayed and taught her kids how to pray. I was taught to pray by remembering certain prayers and the rosary, and those prayers certainly do not flow from a penitent, grieving heart. This is nothing that I have ascribed to since and will stay far away from.