Not unlike 1985, 1971 was shrouded in turbulence; specifically, the war in Vietnam, today remembered with names inscribed on a marble monument.
Christmas Eve of 1971 presented this writer with an indelible picture, applicable for that troubled time as well as today with lives threatened, jeopardized and lost in Central America and South Africa in the people's struggle for peace and justice.
Midnight mass at St. James' parish, 1971, was celebrated by a young priest. The service was simple, accompanied by a single guitar. As the biblical account of the birth of Christ was read, slides of classic art renderings of the Madonna and child were shown on a makeshift screen suspended from the ceiling of the church.
"Now it came to pass in those days that a decree went forth from Caesar Augustus . . . " as the works of Raphael, da Vinci, Michelangelo clicked by. " . . . and suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest . . . ' "