The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary
by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
4. THE WEATHER IN PALESTINE.
[When asked what sort of weather she saw in Palestine at this time of
the year, she answered:] I always forget to mention that, because it
seems to me all so natural that I always think everyone knows about it.
I often see rain and mist, and sometimes a little snow, but this melts
at once. I often see leafless trees with fruit still hanging on them. I
see several crops in the year, and I see them beginning to harvest in
our spring. Now that it is winter I see people going along the roads
wrapped up, with their cloaks over their heads.
[February 6 ^th:] This afternoon I saw the Blessed Virgin going from
Anna's house to Joseph's house in Nazareth. She was accompanied by her
mother, who carried the Infant Jesus. It is a very pleasant walk of
half an hour among hills and gardens. Anna sends provisions from her
own house to Joseph and Mary in Nazareth. How beautiful is the life of
the Holy Family! Mary is at once the mother and the humblest handmaid
of the Holy Child and at the same time she is Joseph's servant. Joseph
is her faithful friend and humblest servant. When the Blessed Virgin
rocks the Infant Jesus to and fro in her arms, how marvelous to see the
all-merciful God, who made the world, allowing Himself out of His great
love to be treated like a helpless little child! How dreadful in
comparison the coldness and self-will of deceitful and hard-hearted