“I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King
Out of Indonesia, a beautiful testament to the power of friendship, even amid growing tensions between religions, and we can see it thanks to the same social media that all too often brings us messages that are full of hate, or intolerance.
I don’t know who this Muslim woman is, and I know nothing about her friend, Chatarina (Katharine) Suyanti (or, perhaps Suyati?) beyond the fact that she was a Christian woman who died, and was buried after a requiem Mass at the Bogor Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
And that as the Mass ended, and Chatarina’s casket was being prepared for removal, her Muslim friend paid tribute to her by singing, quite beautifully, the Bach/Gounod Ave Maria.