Monday, September 17, 2007
Outgoing with Tall Tales and Loveable Ways - Robbin de la Cruz +2006
Robbin de la Cruz, a homeless and clean cut young man - thirty-something, was known and loved by many in downtown Los Angeles for his outgoing personality, tall tales and lovable ways. As we got to know Robbin, it was discovered that he had an outstanding dedication to grow and better himself in spite of his crosses and struggles. With a little encouragement, he began to work for some local businesses. He was always on time - if not early to get the job done. Tino, an owner of a men's suit and tuxedo shop commented recently, "No one could do the job of promoting the store and getting local businessmen in to shop like Robbin. He is irreplaceable. We miss him." Robbin's life was cut short one year ago at approximately 6:00am in a hit and run accident. The coroner says he died instantly. He laid in the county's morgue for many weeks until a detective located a long lost brother. About two weeks before his death, Robbin's bills were paid up, he was out of debt and on his feet again. He had a good job too. Now, all that was left was his spirituality. Although when we first met he was an atheist, he went to church twice in the two weeks right before his death. Yesterday's Gospel reading was the story of the Prodigal Son. Robbin de la Cruz immediately came to mind. We pray - we remember.