A good friend of our community here in Culver City,CA, Darrell Fusaro, wrote this reflection on St. Vibiana, the patroness of the first cathedral in Los Angeles. The reflection is not about cinema but about life and spirit, also the domain of cinema. The article has gotten such good responses on Facebook that I thought I’d share it here as well:
Tucked away in the basement of the downtown Cathedral in Los Angeles, CA, are the remains of a nobody.
Whenever I visit the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angeles I head straight downstairs to the mausoleum to take a peek at my friend’s crypt. He’s still very much alive but has his place already for when his time is up. His name is Mike Dugan and I never get tired of reading the inscription below his name, “Mike tried!” I find his healthy attitude and sense of humor toward death very comforting. On a recent visit I felt the urge to check out an area I’ve never been before. I felt drawn to what appeared to be an area of dead space just beyond the mausoleum’s chapel. There is no visible indication that anything is to be found beyond the end of this corridor, until you get there.
In this out of the way alcove is a plain marble tomb with “Saint Vibiana” inscribed on it. There is nothing explaining who this Saint is, and why he, or she, was placed here, just the tomb and two individual kneelers. Intrigued …..