The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary
by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
11. THE HOLY FAMILY RESTS BY A STREAM.
[March 5 ^th:] This morning I saw the Holy Family resting in a fertile
part of the country and refreshing themselves beside a little stream
where there was a balsam bush. The Infant Jesus lay on the Blessed
Virgin's knees with His little feet bare. Incisions had been made here
and there in the branches of the balsam shrub, which had red berries,
and from these incisions a liquid dripped into little pots hanging on
the branches. I was surprised that these were not stolen. Joseph filled
the little jugs, which he had brought with him with the balsam juice.
They ate little loaves of bread and berries which they picked from the
bushes growing near. The donkey drank from the stream and grazed near
by. On their left I saw Jerusalem high up in the distance. It was a
very lovely scene.