Do you know about the "Secret Sidewalk?"
I personally had never heard of the sidewalk on Beach Avenue in Charlotte that takes strollers along the shore of our beautiful Lake Ontario. And I’m thinking that Father Bob Werth surmised that most of us gathered at last Sunday’s English Mass at Our Lady of the Americas Church in Rochester also were in the dark about this hidden gem.
So, he challenged the congregation to meet him that afternoon for ice cream — on him — and a walk along the sidewalk. We were unable to take him up on the offer, but I truly hope that some of my fellow parishioners did.
The point of his little experiment was to see how many of us could detach ourselves from our technology — our phones, our computers, the Sunday afternoon football games on television — and admire God’s gift of nature that surrounds us. And that beauty is on blast during the fall in the Finger Lakes region.
What also amazed me about Father Werth’s challenge is that I had already planned for an outing to Bristol Mountain to ride the chair lift up and hike down a trail that afternoon. The trek was part of an annual tradition that my husband and I began after our children were born. And for more than a decade, we have been fortunate enough to discover a new park or trail to enjoy the brilliant foliage. In recent years, we’ve come to call it "Family Fun Day."
Well for two teenagers, such rituals become less than thrilling. So when they whined a little about going out to Bristol on Sunday, I simply referred to Father Werth’s homily. God obviously wanted us to continue our family tradition.
God is good!