After I wiped off the muck, I discovered that St. Joseph has been right outside our front door for the last thirteen years!
Over the last few years we have developed a special devotion to this saint. He is our "go to" guy for all sorts of prayers and petitions. Every morning, Himself and I pray the following prayer:
you provided for those who were
given to your care in this life.
Intercede on our behalf,
so we may receive the grace we need
to provide for those whom
are given to our care,
whether for a moment or for a lifetime.
Now I understand. He's been standing guard all this time.