Last Words


Asked to comment on a memorable moment in her activist career, Sr. Kathrine gave this account of a brilliant and touching moment in a performance by the Mercy Glee Club choir (aged 6 to 14 years):

During a performance by the Mercy Glee Club of the fourth movement of Brahms’ German Requiem, “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place”, as the final line of the Coda was building upwards to the cadence, the sopranos held the highest note just a fraction longer than was our usual practice. The seconds and altos waited, sustaining the harmony underneath. The sound was pure and perfect – it was sheer magic. Then we continued to the final, quiet cadence. As the last note died out there was a full minute or two of silence. Enraptured, everyone in the audience knew that something special had happened.

It takes a very special person to create such magic.