The NativityThese meditations are taken from "The City of God", by Venerable Mary of Agreda (Spain) Our Lady is alleged to have appeared to Venerable Mary daily over a period of approx. 10 years, instructing her to write the story of the lives of Jesus and Mary. A condensed version of this book (4 volumes, over 1600 pages) is called "Divine Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary", and costs just $6.00. One of the best books on the Rosary that I have ever read.
Now it came to pass in those days, that a decree went forth from Caesar Augustus, that a census of the whole world be taken.
All were going, each to his own town of birth, to register.
The Most Pure Mary and the the Glorious Saint Joseph departed from Nazareth for Bethlehem. Their journey lasted five days, for on account of the pregnancy of his spouse, Saint Joseph shortened each days journey.
They arrived in Bethlehem at four o'clock, on a winter's evening, when the sun was already sinking.
Despite calling at over 50 places where they might find lodging for the night, none could be found.
Mary recognised that this was the doing of the Most High, for His own mysterious purpose. Joseph remembered a cave, just outside the city gates.It was a shelter for animals and shepherds, but this night was deserted.
Joseph set about cleaning it up, and the Angels of Mary's guard and Mary herself joined in, so that in no time the cave was spotless.
During the night, Jesus our Redeemer was born and wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a Manger.