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Justice is the moral virtue that consists in the constant and firm will to give their due to God and neighbor. Justice toward God is called the “virtue of religion.” Justice toward men disposes one to respect the rights of each and to establish in human relationships, the harmony that promotes equity with regard to persons and to the common good.

The just man, often mentioned in the Sacred Scriptures, is distinguished by habitual right thinking and the uprightness of his conduct toward his neighbor. “You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor.” “Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.”

Shortly after the death of Mother Antonia, Mother Francisca and two others who just received the habit came to live in the house of Mother Antonia as in a convent.

There was a young woman of a Spanish-Japanese descent and a spiritual child of Fr. Juan de Santo Domingo who repeatedly requested him that she be introduced to Mother Francisca for she wanted to receive the habit. Fr. J. de Sto. Domingo left the decision to Mother Francisca. What could be Mother Francisca’s basis of her option? Was it just because she has an affinity with Fr. Sto. Domingo being his godchild? Will the community of three be able to afford an additional member knowing that they are short of means? Is it just because they needed more members in the community?

Mother Francisca knew this girl Jacinta to be devout and a lover of God. She begged to receive the habit which she has been longing for. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit Mother Francisca strongly considered her as being worthy to receive the habit taking into account of her being an upright person as observed. So, Fr. J. de Sto. Domingo vested her the habit of a Beata.

A few months later, Rosa, a very beautiful lady who was just a little more than 25 years old came to know about the community of Beatas, she came to seek for admission. Her father Capt. Prieto took her away from the College of Sta. Potenciana to be married off to a certain man whom she refused. Her words manifested maturity and she was observed to have a good spirit. Mother Francisca accompanied her to see Fr. J. Sto. Domingo who just returned from his canonical visitation. She talked with him with much prudence and humility as perceived by Fr. J. Sto. Domingo.

On the other hand, Mother Francisca gave her observation that is proper of her. She praised her for being humble and a lover of mental prayer. Not long after she received the habit which disappointed the father. Within a month, Capt. Bartolome Prieto came back very happy to see Rosa with the habit.

At another instance, Mother Francisca exhibited her upright conduct towards her superiors. It was a touching moment when the Archbishop, the Dominican Fathers and the Beatas agreed on their return to the Beaterio. The Archbishop issued a Decree approving the Beaterio. Mother Francisca and the Beatas notwithstanding the travails they went through during their 2 years and 3 months exile in Santa Potenciana submitted themselves, with all due respect to the Archbishop, to enclosure as a fulfillment of the Decrees of Pope Pius V.