The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary
by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
5.1 THE FIELD GINIM. THE TRAVELERS ARE GIVEN A YOUNG SHE-ASS FROM ANNA'S PASTURE.
[November 14 ^th:] This morning I saw the holy travelers arrive at an
open field called Ginim,  six hours' journey from Nazareth, where
the angel had appeared to Joseph two days before. Anna had a pasture
here and the menservants were told to fetch the young she-ass which
Joseph was to take with him. She sometimes ran in front of them and
sometimes beside them. Anna and Mary Cleophas here took a tender
farewell of the travelers and returned home with the menservants.
(This field Ginim is several miles long and is shaped like a pear.
Another field, called Gimmi, lies nearer Nazareth not far from a
shepherds' village high up in the hills called Gimmi or Gimchi, where
Jesus taught shepherds from the 7 ^th to the 9 ^th of September before
His Baptism. These shepherds had lepers hidden among them. He also
healed here the dropsical woman of the house where He stayed, and was
mocked by the Pharisees. Farther away from this place and to the
south-west of Nazareth, beyond the river Kishon, is a settlement of
lepers, consisting of scattered huts round a lake formed by the river.
Jesus healed here on September 30 ^th before His Baptism. The field
Ginim, traversed today by the Holy Family, is separated from the other
field Gimmi by a little river or river-bed. The names are so alike that
I may easily have confused them.)
I saw the Holy Family going on their way and climbing Mount Gilboa.
 They did not pass through any town; they followed the young
she-ass, which always took lonely by-ways. I saw them stopping at a
house in the hills belonging to Lazarus, not far from the town of Ginim
and in the direction of Samaria. The steward, who knew them from other
journeys, gave them a friendly welcome. Their family was on intimate
terms with Lazarus. There are beautiful orchards and avenues here. The
house stands high, so that one has a very wide view from the roof.
Lazarus inherited it from his father; our Lord Jesus often stayed here
during His ministry and taught in the surrounding country. The steward
and his wife conversed in a very friendly way with the Blessed Virgin.
They were surprised that she should have been willing to undertake such
a long journey in her condition, when she might have had every comfort
at home with her mother Anna.