The Most Beautiful Sound in the World

Zaki heard Xa asking his friends what was the most beautiful sound on Earth.

‘The sound of the flute,’ said one.

‘Birdsong,’ said another.

‘A woman’s voice,’ said a third.

They continued the discussion late into the night, without reaching any conclusion.

Days later, Zaki invited Xa and his friends to supper. In the room next door, the best orchestra in the world was playing lovely music, but there was no food on the table. Around midnight, by which time his guests were all starving hungry, Zaki finally served up an exquisite banquet.

‘After hours without eating, isn’t the clatter of cutlery on plates a divine sound?’ remarked Xa.

‘I am simply answering your question about what is
the most beautiful sound on Earth,’ replied Zaki.
‘It could be
the voice of the woman we love,
the singing of birds,
the clatter of plates,
the breathing beside us in bed of someone dear to us,
but it will always be the sound
that our heart needs to hear at that precise moment.’


[For what it’s worth, here is an example of my FAVORITE sound in the world.

Do you agree or have a different favorite?]


About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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4 Responses to The Most Beautiful Sound in the World

  1. Sharon says:

    I agree…a baby’s laughter is one of the most beautiful sounds in the world!

  2. Carol Zehr says:

    The most beautiful sound in the world is in the silence, when you are listening to her God’s voice.

  3. For me, the sound that makes me stop and listen has to be a piece of music, I just can’t decide which I think is the most beautiful. . . . a part of Faure’s requiem, perhaps.

  4. Bobbie Showalter says:

    I, too, love to hear a child laugh, or a beautiful piece of music, and a good line from a play that lingers in my mind, yet my favourite sound is hearing a sincere “I love you.”

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