Franz Schubert's Opus 52 Ave Maria became the inspiration that put "Maria" into writing. Bearing the same title as the enlivening melody, "Maria" (published by Xlibris) explores faith in its most perplexing and mystical form, imbuing life-changing, transformative lessons.
"Maria" tells the story of two friends of a lifetime that although love each other dearly, conflict arises when it comes to religion and personal beliefs. Diana has always been a faithful believer whose greatest dream is to see the Virgin Mary during this life, only to have her best friend to make fun of it and minimize everything that she believes. But in one of those strange twists that life takes, it is his friend Manuel who receives an unexpected visit.
Written in Spanish, "Maria" presents Rafael Arcaya Cruzado's deep view on a universal subject that has been tackled by thinkers and artists alike since the dawn of civilization. It highlights the many facets of beliefs, how it affects people spiritually and mentally and inspires personal inspection of one's own state of faith.