“The Child that lies in the manger, helpless and abandoned to the love of His creatures, dependent entirely upon them to be fed, clothed, and sustained, remains the Creator and Ruler of the universe. … He wills to be helpless that we may take Him into our care. He has embraced our poverty… in order to give us his riches.”

-Thomas Merton, from “Seasons of Celebration”

Photo | The Estate of Ralph Eugene Meatyard, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery