Another interesting piece of information I found is that before the River Walk was completed the area was dangerous. Residents of San Antonio would stay away from the River surroundings. However after the completion of the project the area became so popular that all the troublemakers moved away.
A few times I did the River Walk and apart from admiring the scenery I did some theological reflection I would like to offer here before you start looking at the photos.
Firstly, just think how often we feel that we aren’t as blessed as the others, we tend to think that our personal qualities and abilities aren’t good. Then we are like the people of San Antonio 100 years ago when they looked at the River and saw only potential threat to their daily life. However one architect changed it completely. He had vision and he implied it. We may be discouraged looking at ourselves but let’s remember that there is an architect with vision close by. It is Jesus Christ. He sees potential where we see only disadvantage. The Word of God we listen to at Church and in our individual reflection, the teaching of our Catholic Church, that’s the vision of Christ revealed to us. The vision that can do more marvelous things that was accomplished with San Antonio River.
Secondly, think how often we try to fight our sins and weaknesses. We are like San Antonio residents fighting crimes around the River. They kept failing until they invested in reshaping the surroundings. Once they made them beautiful and attractive, the bad guys moved out. It is a reminder for us. The best way to fight sins is focusing on good things and working on what is holy and godly in us instead of talking all the time about sins. Jesus asks us to develop goodness and holiness in us and then the evil will have less and less space in us. Getting rid of evil without growing good things can only lead to the situation Jesus described in the Gospel. He spoke about an evil spirit who had to leave but after a while he decides to come back. Upon arrival he finds that the soul of the person is clean but empty, there is no goodness in it, so he goes and brings a few more evil spirits and they make their home in the soul which condition gets worse than before.
I hope that you virtual tour through the maze of San Antonio Rive Park can reinforce the reflection I wrote.