The American Catholic Quarterly Review, Volume 19

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James Andrew Corcoran, Patrick John Ryan, Edmond Francis Prendergast
Hardy and Mahony, 1894

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This issue is the one that contains the account of the Balsam garden in Egypt, referred to in a footnote of Volume 1 of Blessed Catharine Emmerich's visions. As the Holy Family fled Bethlehem and Herod, they journeyed through the desert, and when they became very thirsty, the Virgin implored God for water. A spring appeared, which later became a site of religious pilgrimage, and a deeper well dug near the site, which fed a garden of Balsam trees and led to the site being called "The Balsam Garden".
Catharine Emmerich notes it has been recorded that the oxen who drew the water from the well could not be forced to work on Sundays. This article contains that reference, and seems to confirm many others mentioned by Catherine Emmerich (for instance, the date tree that bent down to offer its fruit to the Holy Family). The author seems to have many, many medieval references from the writings of Christians who made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, which seem to be lost to us (or, difficult to find) today.
It is a very interesting article, though written in a cumbersome style distinct to the late 1800's. The author seems to believe the oxen refused to work for reasons other than miraculous ones, but it seems apparent that they did indeed refuse to work.


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