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
CM: Could you please tell us more about your
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
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
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
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.