Of begging, Catherine (a Third Order Franciscan) would write:
“We are beggars for the Lord! We beg, first for the poor whom we serve every-where, and secondly for ourselves. This has been God’s desire, his mandate to me when I first started way back in the 1930’s in the slums of Toronto. I knew very well then, and very clearly, that we must remain beggars — poor always. It would be against our spirit to stop begging. We beg for everything — money, clothing, crockery, kitchen utensils, furniture, food, whatever the apostolate and those it serves needs. Needs will always be there and we will have to beg for them.
In the reality of everyday living, this begging which I established and followed for over 50 years now results in endless packages and freight coming to us by train, by truck, by car, by mail, or brought in person, often by benefactors driving long distances. The column ‘One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold’ in our newspaper, Restoration, proves the charity, the understanding, and the goodness of people everywhere from whom we have begged.”