A retreat director once asked me a fascinating question. He said, “If heaven’s filled with music, which we know it is, what piece of music on earth would you want to be playing when you first entered into Paradise? In other words, what song evokes God most clearly for you in this life?”
I told him I couldn’t answer on the spot — it was too deep a question for a casual response. Time passed, and one day I heard on the radio the first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, popularly known as the Moonlight Sonata — which I’ve long loved. As I listened to it, the retreat director’s question came into my mind and I was overwhelmed with emotion. I knew in that instant, that was it. I have no idea why I knew, but I did. And do. Spes mea.
My wife, who is such a beautiful human being, proceeded to memorize the Sonata score and played it on my birthday ten years ago. I streamed copious tears.
Here’s the Sonata: