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Hope is the theological virtue by which we desire the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ’s promises and relying not on our own strength, but on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit.
The virtue of hope responds to the aspiration to happiness which God has placed in the heart of every person; it takes up the hopes that inspire men’s activities and purifies them so as to order them to the kingdom of heaven; it keeps man from discouragement; it sustains him during times of abandonment; it opens up his heart in expectation of eternal beatitude. Buoyed up by hope, he is preserved from selfishness and led to the happiness that flows from charity.

Mother Francisca del Espiritu Santo de Fuentes, the foundress of the Beaterio de Santa Catalina, was a woman of hope. To be a foundress of a Congregation at a time when there was so much opposition even from the ecclesiastical authorities meant for Mother Francisca to hold on to a vision that set her to say in a courageous tone to Fr. Juan de Sto. Domingo: “Father Prior, the Beaterio will be constructed and Your Reverence will see it.”

Hope for Mother Francisca and the Beatas was founded on God alone. Even when their efforts were seemingly futile, and the foundation of the Beaterio, hopeless, they went on hoping against hope, believing firmly in God’s inspiration. The Beatas, especially Mother Francisca set an example of hope – hope in God’s providence; hope that in God’s beautiful time, the Beaterio would be set up; hope geared towards the realization of a vision amidst the darkness of opposition and contradiction.

Mother Francisca del Espiritu Santo de Fuentes and the Beatas were women of hope for they were women of vision and courage.

Mother Francisca bore all the pains of resistance, difficulties, trials and challenges during the early formation of the foundation: the construction of a Beaterio, the plan of Archbishop Camacho to place them under his authority, the conflict between the Archbishop and the Dominican Friars, the excommunication and exile to Sta. Potenciana, and many more.

When the Religious Orders in the Philippines were asked by the King of Spain to comment on the establishment of the Beaterio, all were in favor except the Rev. Father Provincial of the Seraphic Order St. Francis. However, Mother Francisca with a heart filled with hope told Fr. Juan de Santo Domingo that God cannot be resisted and the Beaterio will fair very well.

So, despite of these shadows, Mother Francisca and the Beatas remained close to Jesus. Their faith, tested like gold in the furnace made them cling to Christ and Our Lady of the Rosary never giving up hope for they had complete trust in Divine Providence.

Because Mother Francisca was full of hope, she was preserved from discouragement, sustained her during times of abandonment. Her hope afforded her joy even under trial, patient in tribulation.
Moreover, her hope was expressed and nourished in prayer. She hoped in the glory of heaven promised by God to those who love Him and do His will. Mother Francisca hoped with the grace of God and she persevered “to the end.”