The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary
by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
16. NIGHT TRAVEL. THE HOLY FAMILY STARTLES SNAKES AND FLYING LIZARDS.
[March 8 ^th:] I saw the Holy Family journeying in a bright starlit
night through a sandy desert covered with low bushes. I felt as if I
were traveling through it with them. It was dangerous because of the
numbers of snakes which lay coiled up among the bushes in little
hollows under the leaves. They crawled towards the path, hissing loudly
and stretching out their necks towards the Holy Family, who, however,
passed by in safety surrounded by light. I saw other evil beasts there
with long black bodies, short legs, and wings like big fins. They shot
over the ground as if they were flying, and their heads were fish-like
in shape. I saw the Holy Family come to a fall in the ground like the
edge of a sunken road; they meant to rest there behind some bushes.
I was alarmed for the Holy Family. The place was sinister, and I wanted
to make a screen to protect them on the side left open, but a dreadful
creature like a bear made his way in, and I was in terrible fear. Then
there suddenly appeared to me a friend of mine, an old priest who had
died lately. He was young and beautiful in form, and he seized the
creature by the scruff of its neck and threw it out. I asked him how he
came to be here, for surely he must be better off in his own place, to
which he replied: I only wanted to help you, and shall not stay here
long.' He told me more, adding that I should see him again.