Giving A Cup of Cold Water


“Why anyone by just giving a cup of cold water in my name in on our side. Count on it that God will notice.”Mark 9:42

St. Alcuin said that we should “Remember to care for the soul more than the body since the former remains, the latter perishes.

Last night outside of Safeway we met a young guy.  Someone had stolen his money, and we gave him three dollars and our card, and went on our way to our meeting.  We simply listened, spent some time with him, and gave him what we had.  In those moments we were treating him with respect and and naming him by our acknowledgment.  We gave him a cup of cold water.

In giving each person a cup of cold water we care for their soul, we give them an acknowledgement of their humanity, and we show in those moments love that rekindles hope in living.

Giving a cup of cold water is acknowledging a person’s existence, that they matter, that they are  care cared for, and that we care.  And in doing that we care for the soul. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Temenos Catholic Worker

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

Fr. River Damien Sims, D.S.T., candidate for D.Min.


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