I was lucky to have a mother who never stopped teaching, even on a shopping trip. – S. Joan

"Now stay on the second note when I go up,"
mother coached me.
So for the 50 miles to St. Cloud in the car
we kept singing, mother repeating,
"When it's spring time in the Rockies…"
until I did it. I heard the harmony,
not just a second part I memorized;
I held my place in the chords,
that day mostly simple thirds
but ever after I could find a place
in a chord, make harmonies,
a gift awakened I didn't know I had
and later in the chapel choir
singers sometimes listened chords
into perfect pitch, the harmonics ringing
in octives beyond hearing,
evoking the sublime.
- by Sister Joan Mitchell, CSJ

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Good Ground Press is the publishing ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. We publish resources for living the Gospel today, including Sunday By Sunday for adults and SPIRIT ONLINE for teens.

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