Saint of the Day, Nov. 3
Nov. 3 is the feast of St. Martin de Porres.
Treasure Chest, the great Catholic comic book, introduced Blessed Martin de Porres to parochial school students in 1956. They ran a shorter version of the same story after his canonization in 1962.
Another children's story of St. Martin de Porres was illustrated by his fellow Dominican, the famous scissors artist Sr. M. Jean Dorcy.
Among the many books about the saint written for adults, one of the most enlightening is Alex Garcia-Rivera's St. Martin De Porres: The "Little Stories" and the Semiotics of Culture, published by Orbis Books in 1995. Note the information on the back cover and the suggestions for sample searches, especially "code reversal".
Images of St. Martin de Porres.
Wikipedia's entry on St. Martin de Porres.
The great jazz musician, Mary Lou Williams "converted to Catholicism in the mid 1950s, and in 1962 she began work on Black Christ of the Andes, the centerpiece of which is a hymn dedicated to . . . St. Martin de Porres."
-- Submitted by Gerelyn Hollingsworth