Is being able to shower with warm water a basic human dignity?
(I’m not sure I’m happy with how I worded the question)
Feeding the poor would be considered a corporal work of mercy.
How about showering the poor with warm water… would that also be a corporal work of mercy?
I understand that if warm water plumbing doesn’t exist at that particular moment then just showering them at all would be a corporal work of mercy.
But if you make it a mission to continue feeding the poor and showering them, then would you be obligated to attempt to get warm water for them?
Aren’t cold showers more of a torture than a work of mercy?
I understand that I could use cold showers as mortification when speaking of personal spirituality, but to impose on this on the less fortunate doesn’t seem right.
What do you think?