The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary
by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
12. JOSEPH WANTS TO SETTLE DOWN IN BETHLEHEM.
[December 11 ^th to 13 ^th:] It seems to me as if Joseph would like to
stay in Bethlehem and live there with Mary after the Purification. I
think he was looking out for a house there. About three days ago some
rather distinguished people came to the cave from Bethlehem; they
wanted to take the Holy Family into their house. Mary hid herself from
them in the other cave, and Joseph declined their offer. Anna is soon
going to visit the Blessed Virgin. I saw her very busy lately, dividing
up her herds again for the poor and for the Temple. The Holy Family,
too, always gave away at once whatever they had. The Consecration
festival was still celebrated every morning and evening, but on the 13
^th a new festival must have started. I saw various alterations being
made in the festival in Jerusalem. I saw the windows in many houses
being closed and curtained. I also saw a priest with a scroll in the
cave with Joseph. They were praying together at a little table hung
with white and red. It was as if he had wanted to see whether Joseph
was keeping the feast, or as if he was announcing a new feast to him.
[It seemed to her to be a feast day, but she also thought that the
feast of the new moon must now have begun. She was uncertain about
this.] The Crib was quiet in these last few days, without visitors.