The Purity Crusade of Mary Immaculate was initiated on Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 1944. It was created in response to the urgent call of several Popes to combat the evil of immodest dress that had begun to prevail in modern society. As the Catechism teaches (CCC 2521), “Purity requires modesty…it means refusing to unveil what should remain hidden.” Modesty is the guardian of chastity, and is the duty of all Catholics, particularly women. We must strive to imitate Our Lady in this respect, as we do in all virtues.
On this Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, 2011, with permission of the Most Reverend Peter Jugis, Bishop of Charlotte, we humbly rededicate this effort and choose as heavenly patrons and intercessors:
Our Lady of Champion, Wisconsin (also known as Our Lady of Good Help), whose appearance was formally declared "worthy of belief" on this date in 2010, who exhorts and encourages us, "What are you doing here in idleness...while your companions are working in the vineyard of my Son? Go and fear nothing. I will help you."
Saint Pio, steadfast champion of modesty, who was so deeply concerned with the salvation of souls that he never feared offending them with his strict instruction,
Saint Philomena, virgin and martyr, model of purity and courage, who was named Patroness of the Children of Mary by Pope Pius IX,
Venerable Pope Pius XII, who was pleased to bestow his Apostolic Blessing upon this Crusade on two occasions during his pontificate.
We beg the prayers of these holy souls, and all the saints of heaven, that through their example and assistance, we would have the resolve to resist the temptation of worldly pursuits, fashions, and attitudes. Help us to graciously accept God's gift of our femininity, and to embrace and guard it faithfully. Let us truly become "handmaids of the Lord", always willing without hesitation to submit to the will of God.