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Brotherhood of Hope
A Season of Hope

You probably own Christmas albums, but what about Advent music? After years of requests for their music, the Brotherhood of Hope recently produced their first professionally-recorded album:  A Season of Hope Ė Rediscovering Our Advent Heritage.  The songs range from traditional hymns and chant to gospel and contemporary music.  The accompanying 16-page booklet includes lyrics, catechesis, meditations, color photos and more.

I have had the pleasure of listening to the Brotherhoods' CD, and look forward to incorporating it into my own family's Advent preparations this year.  The musical selections will enkindle in your heart a quiet sense of peace and serenity during a time which can be filled with stress and chaotic activity.  It is a wonderful reminder to us to keep the proper priorities within our own families and homes as we approach the holidays.  As we enter this wonderful season, my prayers are with you and your families as we anticipate with great hope the commemoration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  A special thanks to Brother Jude of the Brotherhood of Hope for his inspiring responses to our interview questions below!

Lisa,
Webmaster, CatholicMom.com

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CM:  Thank you for sharing A Season of Hope!  How did the Brothers decide to record an Advent CD?
 

Advent is the neglected season.  Its spiritual treasures are largely overshadowed by shopping sprees and Christmas carols. (In fact, most Catholics can barely name more than one or two Advent songs).  This album seeks to rediscover Adventís treasures and enkindle biblical hope. 

CM:  Could you please tell us more about your Order?

The Brotherhood of Hope is a new community of brothers and priests founded in 1980. Their mission is the new evangelization proclaimed by John Paul II, especially reaching out to lapsed and uncommitted Catholics. They mainly work in campus ministry, presently at Boston Univ., Univ. of Mass. at Lowell, and Florida State Univ.  They also serve in young adult outreach, menís ministry, and a yearly service trip to Tanzania.

CM:  What message does the CD strive to share for the Advent season?

Hope, the major theme of Advent, might also be called the neglected virtue. Its lively strength is often reduced to wishful thinking or earthly desires.

CM:  How can families celebrate the season of Advent together in a special way this year?

There are so many wonderful practices that families can observe, here are just a few. First and foremost by committing or recommitting themselves to individual and family prayer and in a particular way to the powerful protection of Our Lady of Hope. As Mary did, let's give ourselves time and space to ponder the Word in our hearts. To foster their relationship with Jesus, children should  ask God for a gift of His choosing and mothers and fathers should be observant and discerning to point it out when it arrives.  When possible, Let's refrain from Christmas celebrations in Advent. Advent is a time for preparation and expectant Hope, lets show it with our actions. We have from December 25th to January 11 to celebrate Christmas this year and let's do our Christmas shopping in love and order by avoiding the extravagant consumerism that so pervades our culture.  

CM:  How did you select the music for A Season of Hope?

The music on the album reflects the theme of Hope. The music is both traditional and contemporary, some are all time favorites along with our own original compositions.

CM:  What can parents do to encourage religious vocations in their families?

Fathers and mothers must live, as the Holy Father teaches, that gift of self which reflect the complete and total love Jesus has for the Church. In other words charity, generosity and openness to life. When children are raised with such an example, they will not be afraid to make a total gift of self to Christ in a Religious Vocation. Faithful and praying parents increase the probability that their children will also be open and faithful to the vocation that God has for them.

CM:  Are there any additional thoughts or comments you'd like to share with our CatholicMom.com readers?

In the Spirit of St Francis DeSales be true to your vocation. As wives and mothers you have been called to ministry of life. Your care and nurturing of the family is the foundation of our Faith, culture and civilization. Be faithful to living in the moment and the Lord will lead, guide and protect you in His peace. And pray always, I know many mystical mothers who in the brief moments God allows them for prayer and solitude, experience great consolations and deep spiritual insights.
 

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