|New York City's Skyline.|
|St. Patrick's Cathedral, NYC.|
|NYC Mayor Bloomberg.|
I even saw the world-famous Mayor Bloomberg walked past us to the very front rows by the altar where the Arch Bishop of New York Reverend Timothy Dolan and other priests were ready for the Mass. And the Service had started right on the midnight of 24 December 2011.
|St. Patrick's Cathedral of New York City.|
Momentarily I had lost control of myself and suddenly fallen asleep. And my tired and tortured mind had swiftly drifted into a nightmarish dream.
And I was clearly hearing the Silent Night Hymn being sung not in German or English or Spanish but in the Lisu language of native Kachins the warlike minority tribe violently rebelling against our army in the rugged northern-most part of my former homeland, Burma.
|Kachin State of Burma.|
Our platoon leader was a sergeant-major and his battle speech to us was that strictly no quarters were to be given as some other KIA unit had successfully ambushed our company and killed our young lieutenant and a squad of ten men just two months before that night. "Shoot anyone that moves!" was his exact words.
And he ordered the Second Squad my squad to go round the village and block the rear exit out of the village if there was one. His First Squad would enter the village while Third Squad was to block the front.
In the pitch-black darkness we wandered around in vain for more than an hour like a group of blind men chasing each other’s tail.
I was trying to find the main track at rear of the village, but I couldn’t in the total darkness.
|A village Church in Kachin State of Burma.|
Then they began singing the Lisu Kachin version of ‘Silent Night’ followed by other Christmas songs without noticing me or the others still standing silently with awe in the darkness behind the brightly-lit houses.
On the way back I was fondly thinking of the Christmas feast we had together with the villagers, and even thanking Lord Jesus Christ for preventing us from committing a horrible massacre, and saving the village and the missionaries from the possible bloodbath on that pleasantly faithful night of Christmas Eve.
"Si - lent night, ho - ly night, Son of God
|Arch Bishop Reverend Timothy Dolan.|