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A further proof would be the company she kept. Her vocation to religious life was always already a vocation to community. And it was a community which embraced all, as evidenced by the earliest women tertiaries of the Order of Preachers in the city of Manila, who formed "the chrysalis" of the beaterio. They were: Francisca (de Fuentes) del Espiritu Santo, who was born in the Philippines; Antonia de Jesus Maria Fuentes; the india Sebastiana de Jesus; and Maria Ana de la Vega, daughter of the so-called "Cibuana". However brief were the biographies of these pioneering women, nonetheless, they call attention to the fact of the transcendent composition of the group, i.e. they were bound only by the desire to seek holiness in religious community, beyond the narrow categories of class and race. Thus, Francisca was a woman of the Philippines, and the beaterio was a fruit of holiness, born in the Philippines.

Francisca the Woman.

Almost in silence, Francisca innocently appeared on the stage of history as "the widow," who gained a life after a death. For beyond and through the dark clouds of her mourning, Francisca saw the silver lines of promise and fulfillment. The loss of her husband led her to find the God who was calling her to holiness and wholeness in another state of life, in religious community, in prayer and good works.

Such desire seemed noble and unobjectionable enough. But in 17th century colonial Philippines, women were in no easy way to have their own way. It was always already a man's world -- of walls and fortresses (the situs for this drama is Intramuros of Manila); of male-led conquests and colonization and evangelization; of feuding friars and clerics, of highbrow lords of church and hard-nosed masters of state; of rules and jurisdictions and exemptions; of royal patronage and ecclesiastical prerogatives (very masculine terms indeed).

In contrast, Francisca only wanted a house with "the appearance of an oratory":  a home for prayer and recollection, for a simple life and extraordinary servitude, a place for praising God in contemplation and preaching God in example.

As with all of life, this story began in medias res, in the middle of things already given, a context she was thrown into: a woman of 17th century Philippines.

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