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Christmas—Incarnation, recast

from a post on December 29, 2009

It’s not the Resurrection, dammit! It’s the Incarnation!
Godfrey Diekmann, OSB.

Godfrey exploded with this statement in the students’ dining hall at St. John’s. An editorial in National Catholic Reporter reminded me of this story in The Monk’s Tale, a biography of Diekmann, by Kathleen Hughes. When I was at the School of Theology, she came onto the Collegeville campus to gather stories for her book about our colorful and inspirational professor, Godfrey, as he was known by students and fellow professors. Among my cherished memories of Godfrey, who played an important role in contemporary Church history, is his frequent return to the theme of the Mystical Body. He lamented the Church's neglect of it.

To traditional Christians, God’s entry into time and history happened at the birth of Jesus, whom they worship as God.  But I see their worship as a form of idolatry.
We incarnate or embody the Divine—this is what I believe Godfrey was saying. We …

Win over Christmas commercialism