National Geographic : 2009 Dec
• A monk forsakes one family to join another. He communes with his brother monks at mealtimes---albeit silently, as in the ornate Byzantine refectory of the Xenofontos monastery (below). e monastery s abbot becomes his spiritual father, though all elders are approached with deference (bottom right). e monks remain united even in death: eir bones are washed in red wine---echoing an ancient Greek custom---and placed together in an ossuary (top right). Says Father Makarios of Simonos Petras, "For those who consider themselves already dead to the world and are living for God, leaving this world is easy."