The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary
by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
5.3 TWO HOURS SOUTH OF THE TEREBINTH TREE. THEY REST IN AN EMPTY SHED.
[November 16 ^th:] I saw the Holy Family spending the whole day here
and praying together. I saw the mistress of the house and her three
children with the Blessed Virgin, and the farmer's wife of the day
before also came with her two children and paid the Blessed Virgin a
visit. There was real intimacy among them as they sat together, and the
two women were greatly impressed by Mary's wisdom and modest behavior.
They listened with great attention to the Blessed Virgin, who talked
much with the children and taught them. The children had little
parchment rolls from which Mary made them read to her. She spoke to
them in such a lovely way about what they read that they could not take
their eyes off her. It was sweet to see and sweeter still to hear. In
the afternoon I saw St. Joseph walking about with the innkeeper in the
country round, looking at the gardens and fields, and talking of holy
things, as I saw was always the Sabbath practice of devout people in
that land. They remained here for the following night as well.