|Photograph of Thomas Merton by Ralph Eugene Meatyard|
"…Who was Gene Meatyard, or Thomas Merton, or Louie?
I don't know.
Their shared genius was to defy definition, to remain a blur, unpredictably and mysteriously alive. But don't think there was anything special about them.
Emptied of the pursuit of specialness, we receive the grace of ordinary life, "as if existence itself were heavenliness."- Barry Magid, from the Preface to "Father Louie, Photographs of Thomas Merton by Ralph Eugene Meatyard. 1991 Timken Publishers