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Prudence is the virtue that disposes practical reason to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving it; “the prudent man looks where he is going,”[1] It is not confused with timidity or fear, nor with duplicity or dissimulation. It is called auriga virtutum (the charioteer of the virtues); it guides the other virtues by setting rule and measure. It is prudence that immediately guides the judgment of conscience. The prudent man determines and directs his conduct in accordance with this judgment. With the help of this virtue we apply moral principles to particular cases without error and overcome doubts about the good to achieve and the evil to avoid.[2]

Fr. Domingo Collantes, OP, describes her pleasant affability and great prudence in her rule over the “beaterio” and prudent economy in the management of her family.[3]

Fr. Francisco Gaínza, OP, in his Milicia, writes of Mother Francisca: “In the blamelessness of her conduct and in the face of tribulations, she could find a colorful mixture of simplicity and frankness in her pleasing friendliness and great prudence, in the government of her Beaterio, she could discover the merciful discretion mingled with the prudent economy in the management of her family. Mother Francisca was elected prioress and discharged her office for fifteen years, for a lifetime because her exemplary life, her zeal for the regular observance, her mortification, and other virtues shone in her guaranteed prudence of her government and established immense hope for abundant fruits in that new vineyard of which she was the custodian.”[4]

Added Fr. Gaínza: “Re-established at the Beaterio, the Venerable Francisca devoted herself immediately to all the wishes of her fervent heart – the practice of the most sublime virtues – humility, silence, and the most ardent charity, mortifications were practiced jointly with her virtues and prayer, and the presence of God seasoned all the actions of her laborious life.[5]