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The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary
by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich

X. THE CENSUS AND THE JOURNEY OF THE HOLY FAMILY [90]

1. THE CENSUS OF THE EMPEROR AUGUSTUS IS PROCLAIMED. CHRIST'S BIRTH IN NOVEMBER.




The actual date of Christ's Birth, as I always see it, is four weeks earlier than its celebration by the Church; it must have happened on St. Catherine's feast day. I always see the Annunciation as happening at the end of February. Already at the end of October, I saw it being announced in the Promised Land that an enrollment and taxing of the people was to be made by decree of the Emperor. After that I saw many people traveling up and down the country.











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