St. Joseph is the “Guardian of Virgins,” having been assigned to guard the Virgin of Virgins. “From my childhood,” St. Therese says in today’s reading, "I prayed to St. Joseph to watch over me.... It seemed to me that I was well protected and completely sheltered from every danger.” Every little girl is a virgin, but consider the awful trauma caused to little boys and girls when they are exposed to sexual deviance at a vulnerable age. They cannot carry the burdens we learn to bear as adults, but public schools and library story hours and porn sites dump crushing weights onto their tender shoulders.
It is extremely difficult to recover from childhood exposure to pornography. But “if you walk with St. Joseph,” Fr. Calloway writes, “you will find less and less pleasure in filthy and perverse films,” in foul music, in repulsive books and jokes that degrade women and trivialize the human body. Devotion to St. Joseph will help you to regain your innocence.
St. Joseph, Guardian of Virgins, looks after the needs of consecrated women in particular. Fr. Calloway tells the charming and fascinating story of a mysterious staircase in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on page 189.