To the Editors:

I appreciate the town’s tasteful, though muted, Christmas decorations, particularly the banners hung on light poles along River Road to express the JOY that fills the hearts of Christians around the world by the birth of Jesus Christ. Of course, positive law, now so corrupted, prohibits the explicit proclamation of this Truth by a political entity.

But the oppression of the law does not constrain our full expression of the joy of Christmas at Our Lady of Fatima, where our courageous and inspirational pastor, Father Reggie, fills our hearts in anticipation of the coming of Christ. In his Gaudete Sunday homily, Father observed how the scriptures repeatedly rejoice for His epiphany.

In the soaring prophecy of Isaiah 35 we heard him announce to an expectant Israel that our God would come to save them, how the eyes of the blind would then be opened, the ears of the deaf cleared, the lame leap like a stag and the mute sing. In response to the disciples of St. John the Baptist who questioned whether He was “the one who is to come,” Jesus echoed the words of Isaiah, “the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.” See Matthew 11.

But more importantly, as Father observed, the spotless Lamb of God who suffered and died for all has opened for everyone a path to heaven, that we, his parishioners, seek to follow with the necessary grace of God dispensed from the treasury of our Holy Catholic Church filled beyond measure by the merits of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

So, Christmas is alive and well at Our Lady of Fatima. Come and see.

Eugene L. Flanagan

19 Juniper Place, Dec. 16