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Despite such an austere and exemplary life our young maiden, fearful of being trapped in any of the deceitful nets of the world became forearmed. She resolved, then to be admitted in any of the religious institutes; however, she wavered for a long time in her decision, and so that she may not err in such a decision regarding her moral destiny, she placed herself in the hands of the Virgin, asking her through her holy rosary, to inspire her to do what was most acceptable to the Most High. Her prayers were heard.

It is well known that while she was praying in the middle of the night she saw or she seemed to see the patriarchs St. Dominic and St. Francis who: beckoned to her to follow their luminous footsteps. Then she felt that her soul was attracted pleasantly towards the Spanish Patriarch without knowing the cause of this divine secret. When she came to herself and became scrupulous about the phenomenon which she had seen and experienced in prayer she found her problem solved and she decided to ask the habit of the Third Order of Jour holy patriarch. She consecrated herself with renewed fervor to prayer, increased her penitential practices, prolonged her spiritual exercises until finally, she attained the fulfillment of her vows with the foundation of the beaterio de Santa Catalina for which she had craved for a long time, prophesying much ear1ierto Fray Juan de Sto. Domingo the future realization of her dreams.

The beaterio having been established, Sor Francisca was certainly the first stone of this foundation, since the first office of prioress was entrusted to her which she discharged with edification until her death. Her zeal for the regular observance, her love and charity towards all, and the perfect prudence which she manifested in the government of the house gave proof beyond doubt that she had been inspired by the spirit of God, in order to start the watering and cultivation of the garden which in its own time would produce such exquisite flowers in order to perfume the bedchambers of the heavenly Spouse. She was always the first to comply with the rules and duties which made up the model of a perfect religious. Notwithstanding the severity with which she treated herself she was all sweetness towards her associates and it was evident in all her works and charity that capacity for clemency which makes up the greater eulogy to the strong woman as described by Solomon in the Proverbs.