FAITH

The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines faith as a theological virtue by which we believe in God and believe all that he has said and revealed to us, and that Holy Church proposes for our belief, because he is truth itself. By faith “man freely commits his entire self to God”. For this reason the believer seeks to know and do God’s will. “The righteous shall live by faith. Living faith “work[s] through charity”.

Francisca was a woman of faith. After becoming a widow she gave herself truly to the service of God. She was persevering in her mental and vocal prayer, frequented visits to the poor sick in the hospital of San Juan de Dios and practiced other acts of charity. But yet she continued seeking to know and do God’s will. Until at a given time, God inspired her to go beyond the comfort of her home and go to the land He will show her. It was at prayer when she heard God calling from the depth of her heart to embrace a life totally consecrated to him, not alone but with a band of women from every walks of life regardless of age, color and tongue. This call to follow Christ in this inspired new way of living a Christian life was the first of its kind during the period of missionary evangelization in the Islands. She thought that this group of women can become one like Jesus gathering his disciples to become one, so that like him and thanks to him in the Spirit they might, throughout the centuries, be able to respond to the love of the Father, loving him “with all their hearts, with all their soul, with all their might” and loving their neighbors “as themselves.”

After all, union with God is the goal of human existence.

Has Mother Francisca achieved it at a twinkle of an eye? No. Her unwavering faith brought her above the difficulties believing that she is doing God’s will. Although she had constantly urged Fr. Juan de Santo Domingo about a Beaterio, she always got a no for an answer. It was far from his thoughts and was very much opposed to it considering how much was needed to sustain a community however small. Besides she saw that these Beatas were scarce in personal goods of which they had nothing to spare.

However, one day after confession Mother Francisca started to press him again as much as the house of Doña Clemencia could serve the purpose. She was persistent about the foundation of the Beaterio despite the strong opposition of Fr. Juan de Santo Domingo to the idea even to the extent of branding her as “impertinente”. With this she told him with a courageous tone: "Fr. Prior, the Beaterio will be constructed and Your Reverence will see it.” True enough, as Fr. Juan writes: “everything happened as she has said it would, and I saw so much of it that I actually did everything."

On July 26, 1696, on the Feast of St. Anne, all the Beatas received Holy Communion and professed the vows of obedience, poverty and chastity and started to observe the Rule. All of them were very much pleased and did not cease to give thanks to God, particularly Mother Francisca for having realized what for many years she had desired and asked from God with persistence and tears.

But that was not the end of their trial and difficulties they experienced to start the new foundation. Mother Francisca and the Beatas underwent the trials of a hundred doubts, of ecclesiastical censures, of separation from their house and of exile for two years in the college of Santa Potenciana. Nevertheless, she remained firm and faithful to the will of God, as she told Fr. J. de Sto. Domingo “God cannot be resisted.” God made this Beaterio, and it is only in fidelity that the Beaterio continues to exist.

Yes, how unwavering her faith was to God’s will! What if Mother Francisca gave up when they were in exile for two years at Santa Potenciana? After all, they were free to leave and return to their homes. They were not bound by the vow of obedience! However, she endured the trials and difficulties patiently. She must have asked God again for his love and mercy with persistence and tears as she did when the Beaterio was founded, to restore the religious community back to the Beaterio.

Yes, every disciple of Jesus like Mother Francisca must not only keep the faith and live it, but also profess it, confidently bear witness to it and spread it. “All however, must be prepared to confess Jesus before men and to follow him along the way of the Cross, amidst the persecutions” and sufferings.

As Fr. Juan de Sto. Domingo wrote in the last paragraph of the Breve: "… the Lord determined that she would be the foundress of this Beaterio: for the things of God are realized little by little without our understanding them. But this incident deserves only the credit of human faith and no more."

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