Monk’s Christmas Vow

Preparing for the once-a-year speech


At a monastery high in the mountains, the monks have a rigid vow of silence. Only at Christmas, and only by one monk, and only with one sentence, is the vow allowed to be broken.

One Christmas, Brother Ben is allowed to speak and he says, “I like the mashed potatoes we have with the Christmas turkey!” and he sits down. Silence ensues for 365 days.

The next Christmas, Brother David gets his turn, and he says, “I think the mashed potatoes are lumpy and I hate them!”

Once again, silence for 366 days (it’s leap year). The following Christmas, Brother Rod rises and says, “I am fed up with this constant bickering!”


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Dancing is silent poetry. - Simonides

A yawn is a silent shout. - G K Chesterton

Religion: a great perhaps. - Francois Rabelais

She who is silent consents. - French Proverb

Silence is the wit of fools. - Anatole France

Silence is safer than speech. - Epictetus

Liberty is the right to silence. - Unknown

The truth hurts, but silence kills. - Mark Twain

Silence if the eternal duty of man. - Thomas Carlyle

Silence is golden. Duct tape is silver. - Unknown

What is reading, but silent conversation. - Walter Savage Landor

Oppression can only survive through silence. - Armen de Monteflores

Religion is the search for ultimate meaning. - Viktor Frankl

Noise creates illusions. Silence brings truth. - Maxime Lagace

Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn. - George Bernard Shaw

I have often regretted my speech, never my silence. - Xenocrates

Of all the bad men, religious bad men are the worst. - C S Lewis

Don't speak unless you can improve on the silence. - Spanish Proverb

The Bible tells us to forgive our enemies, not our friends. - Margot Asquith

I have only one confidant, and that is the silence of night. - Soren Kierkegaard

I'm walking backwards for Christmas Across the Irish Sea. - Spike Milligan

Give me a couple of pages of the Bible, and I'll give you a picture. - Cecil B. DeMille

A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education. - Theodore Roosevelt

I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult. - Rita Rudner

A pretty good test of a man's religion is how it affects his pocketbook. - Francis James Grimke

Italy is the home of art and swindling; home of religion and moral rottenness. - Mark Twain

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. - Aldous Huxley

If my Valentine you won't be,
I'll hang myself on your Christmas tree. - Ernest Hemingway

There is greater comfort in the substance of silence than in the answer to a question. - Thomas Merton

If I get married again, I want a guy there with a drum to do rim shots during the vows. - Sam Kinison

Sex is the mysticism of materialism and the only possible religion in a materialistic society. - Malcolm Muggeridge

If there were a little more silence, if we all kept quiet... maybe we could understand something. - Federico Fellini

There's a thing that keeps surprising you about stormy old friends after they die: their silence. - Ben Hecht

A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together. - Garrison Keillor

It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand. - Mark Twain

You must mind and not lower the Church in people's eyes by seeming to be frightened about it for such a little thing. - George Eliot

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. - Ansel Adams

Prayer and the Bible became a part of my everyday thoughts and beliefs. I learned to put my trust in God and to seek Him as my strength. - Rosa Parks

Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired. - Robert F. Kennedy

I you can make any leading religion of the world look like complete nonsense, you can be sure of only one thing: you haven't understood it. - Wilfred Cantwell Smith


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01-Jun-2020