“Never before in the history of telecommunications media has so much indecent and obscene material been so easily accessible, by so many minors, in so many homes, with so few restrictions.”
One can’t get more “Churchilian” than that in the starkness and urgency of its warning. All the more reason therefore, especially for parents and grandparents, to exercise all the vigilance one can muster about what enters the home via the internet and TV and social media, and to get to know what’s available technically to filter out such harmful material and protect those altars most sacred to God the Father, the souls of innocent children. But aside from the very practical things we must do, there is the need to turn again for heavenly help in this effort to ‘The Pillar of Families’ himself, St. Joseph. To that end I recommend the Novena to St Joseph which is so easy to say and can be recited any time of the year as a family or even as just a parent’s prayer.
But also why not think about paying a little pilgrimage to either your local church, or any church, where there is a statue of St Joseph, to invoke his protection on the household against impurities? Or, better still, think about taking the family to pay a special visit to the only national shrine to St Joseph which you will find at the church of St. Michael’s Abbey Farnborough.
May St Joseph, the Protector of Holy Mother Church and Terror of demons, shower you and your families this Lent and Passiontide with his all-powerful aid.
“So protect your families! Protect your families!
See in them your greatest treasure and nourish them always by prayer and the grace of the sacraments.
Families will always have their trials, but may you never add to them!
Instead, be living examples of love, forgiveness and care.
Be sanctuaries of respect for life, proclaiming the sacredness of every human life from conception to natural death.
What a gift this would be to society, if every Christian family lived fully its noble vocation!”
Pope Francis speech to families, Manila 2015
– Edmund Adamus
Director, Office of Marriage and Family Life – Diocese of Westminster