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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expressive silence - James Thomson

She who is silent consents. - French Proverb

The law is silent during war. - Cicero

Silence is the mother of truth. - Benjamin Disraeli

Luxury is solitude and silence. - Paul-Henri Spaak

Your very silence shows you agree. - Euripides

Silence does not always mark wisdom. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Silence is more eloquent than words. - Thomas Carlyle

Silence is sometimes the best answer. - Dalai Lama

When money speaks, truth keeps silent. - Russian Proverb

Silence is the ultimate weapon of power. - Charles de Gaulle

I like my men like I like my coffee. Silent. - Anna Kendrick

God is silent. Now if only man would shut up. - Woody Allen

Silence is a place of great power and healing. - Rachel N Remen

Silence is argument carried out by other means. - Ernesto Che Guevara

A story is told as much by silence as by speech. - Susan Griffin

How do I learn to speak when silence is all I know? - Susie Clevenger

Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Tenderness is greater proof of love than the most passionate of vows. - Marlene Dietrich

To be born in India is to arrive into the world swimming in religion. - Ravi Zacharias

If everybody thought before they spoke, the silence would be deafening. - Gerald Barzan

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

Church is the only society on earth that exists for the benefit of non-members. - William Temple

He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words. - Elbert Hubbard

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

Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongue. - Old Testament

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. - Blaise Pascal

Religion is like a map. The route isn't important. It's the destination that matters. - Marianne Williamson

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

Going to Church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile. - Billy Sunday

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn whatever state I am in, therein to be content. - Helen Keller

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

Some movie stars wear their sunglasses even in Church. They're afraid God might recognize them and ask for autographs. - Fred Allen

Remembering is a gift - a silent gift, because it roots us in reality while at the same time pointing us towards eternity. - Raphael Anzenberger

Did you read about Starbucks? No more "Merry Christmas" at Starbucks. No more. Maybe we should boycott Starbucks. - Donald Trump

I went to a Catholic boys' school for a year, but that was to play hockey. Religion class was quite contentious for me. - Keanu Reeves

Every sort of energy and endurance, of courage and capacity for handling life's evils, is set free in those who have religious faith. - William James

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

A wise man knows when to stay silent. However, a wiser man of faith knows that sometimes words can win the battle when all odds stand against you. - Shannon L. Alder


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03-Aug-2021