Somewhere on the Internet there must be some explanation of St. Faustus in his jeweled coffin at the St. George church in Cannero, but I haven’t found it. I would love to know more. Is he preserved? Is this wax over an actual body? Is the whole thing a fake? I just don’t know, and I guess I’ll always wonder. All in all, it was a startling, even shocking thing to find on the balcony level of the church.
But turn in the other direction, and there is the amazing nativity set the book describes. I wish I could show you more of it. At first it just seemed to be a model of the area, especially the castles at the waterfront. It took a second look to realize that the pebbles were purposeful, and meant to be the whole Christmas story. I don’t know how long it’s been at the church. I suspect it may not have been there in Grandma Sybil’s day, but it belonged in the story anyway. As Grandma Sybil said, the gospel story is for everyone. Including pirates.