Today is my natural father’s birthday. Having helped General MacArthur liberate Manila in the second World War, having raised six children, and having taught English literature to college students most of his life, Dad is 94 today. St. Joseph, our supernatural father, wants us to love and venerate our natural fathers. So if you have anything between you and your papa, don’t bother venerating St. Joseph until you venerate dear old Dad.
Today’s title is “Chaste Guardian of the Virgin,” and Fr. Calloway notes that Joseph was both chaste and celibate so as to guard the purest of virgins. As Mary of Agreda wrote, “the Most High gave St. Joseph complete command over his natural inclinations so that he might serve his spouse, Mary.” Chastity guards love, and St. Joseph guards our chastity. Joseph, as our good father, provides love for his children, which is more essential than food and drink. He provides it by guarding the chastity of his children. I ask my spiritual sons, in particular, to pray to St. Joseph for the gift of chastity, that they may become capable of fully giving and receiving love, especially to that woman whom God will choose as wife for them.