I will also admit, it was hard to pay attention to what Cruz was saying. Not because it was boring or uninteresting and in fact it was just the opposite. I had trouble because as you can see from his picture there we plenty of beautiful distractions adorning the floor and walls.
However, I did learn that Cruz moved from a small desert town in New Mexico to the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles when he was 13 - around the time he began playing guitar. Before the move he played drums, but once the novelty of big city living wore off and the reality of being a bored 13 year old set in. And without a place to make a lot of loud noise, he picked up a new instrument and began a new chapter in his life.
Like me, he likes to make noise. He too has been in bands but now prefers to make music on his own. “I like drum machines,” he confessed. “So do I,” I admitted before declaring “They don’t talk back.” This snarky little comment that only people who have had to put up with drummers would get caused Cruz to laugh. And through his chuckles he added a bit of his own snark. “And they don’t have girlfriends. Or get drunk.” That was some solid truth.
Even though he looks more like Tom Petty, when I listened to Cruz I couldn't help but thing, “Is this what it’s like talking to me?” We shared many favorite bands, guitars, and artist. We like similar genres of music. And we both live and work in the neighborhood. The only real differences were the obvious ones: he had hair, he was much younger, and was missing the extra weight that comes with carrying the burdens of fatherhood, priesthood, and living in this hood.
He wanted me to let you all know that, “I do what I can.” With a name like Cruz, which in Spanish means “cross,” I wonder exactly what he can do. I suspect that it's more than he was willing to admit in front of his boss. My boss on the other hand, who knew a thing or two about crosses, already knows everything there is to know about me. So I guess I’ll just do what I can too.
An ex-copywriter turned punk rock pastor and peacemaker who dedicates his life to making the world a better place for all humanity.
"that they all might be one" ~John 17:21
“Prius vita quam doctrina.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
* “Life is more important than doctrine.”