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Has anyone looked up our heroes' car licence plate number?
Some of the symbols in the book:
Wheat can be made into bread, and grapes can be made into wine. Thus wheat and grapes represent the Eucharist at Holy Mass.
Star of the Sea is a popular name for churches in coastal cities. Here we see a star guiding a ship. Our Lady, Star of the Sea, is patroness of the Catholic missions to seafarers.
Santo Niño de Cebú (Holy Child of Cebu) is a statue of Jesus that was presented by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, as a gift from Charles V, Spanish emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, to Lady Humamay, the principal wife of Rajah Humabon, then ruler of the Philippines in 1521. They converted to Catholicism. Forty years later, another Spanish Expedition arrived, but they were most hostile to the Filipinos. After a great village fire, the Cebu statue was found, miraculously unharmed by the flames. He is now one of the most celebrated icon in the Philippines.
Introducing Sister Barbara.
Sister Barbara, the fictional nun in the story, lives in the tiny convent next to Our Lady of the Visitacion School, which neighbors Church of the Visitacion in Visitacion Valley, San Francisco.She belongs to the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, an order of sisters focused on education, health care and missionary work, which was founded in France in 1633.
I named her after St. Barbara, protector of artillery men, and patron of sailors, prisoners, mathematicians, builders and architects.
Cameo appearances by Bay Area celebrities...
How did I choose a 1984 Renault 4 to be the car in this book?
I painted it yellow & white, to reference the colors of the Vatican City flag, and to resemble a taxi of some sort.
My friend Will Golden sent me this article from the Huffington Post...