In a discussion with my girlfriend about Mary and purity, the question came up of whether or not the men of Nazareth ever lusted over Mary. She was the most beautiful woman ever to walk the face of the earth, and sinless, but does that make her free from the lustful glances of others?
For St. Joseph to be chaste, wouldn’t he have had to have been tempted with impurity? After all, if one is never tempted, one does not even need the discipline of chastity.
On the other hand, I have been told that Mary was too full of pure beauty and grace that lust for her was all but impossible.
Not that it really matters to us in the present, but we didn’t come to any conclusion, so I thought I would see what you all think.