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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She who is silent consents. - French Proverb

Silence is the virtue of fools. - Francis Bacon

Silence if the eternal duty of man. - Thomas Carlyle

Religion is the opiate of the masses. - Karl Marx

Writing is a struggle against silence. - Carlos Fuentes

Sound is our mind, silence is our being. - Osho

Silence is a true friend who never betrays. - Confucius

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

All I want is blackness. Blackness and silence. - Sylvia Plath

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

Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech. - Martin Fraquhar Tupper

Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer. - Muhammad Ali

Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. - G K Chesterton

Silence is not the absence of sound, but the absence of self. - Anthony de Mello

If silence be good for the wise, how much the better for fools. - Talmud

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. - Abraham Lincoln

Silence is not always tact and it is tact that is golden, not silence. - Samuel Butler

Silence is golden unless you have kids. Then silence is just suspicious. - Unknown

Mail your packages early, so the Post Office can lose them in time for Christmas. - Johnny Carson

My favourite characters in the Bible are King David, Delilah and Charlton Heston. - Milton Berle

I'm a Catholic deer hunter. I am happy to be clinging to my guns and my religion. - Paul Ryan

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

You have a grand gift for silence, Watson. It makes you quite invaluable as a companion. - Arthur Conan Doyle

I definitely want my son Brooklyn christened, but I don't know into what religion yet. - David Beckham

If 'ifs and buts' were 'candy and nuts', we'd have Christmas every day. - Unknown

Within us is the soul of the whole, the wise silence, the universal beauty, the eternal One. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

If religion is to be treated with intellectual respect, then it must stand the test of truth. - Ravi Zacharias

While those who speak about one's miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more. - C S Lewis

I am the indoctrinated child of two lapsed Irish Catholics. Which is to say: I am not religious. - Meghan O'Rourke

He made us all one true religion, Edith, which he named after his son, Christian - or Christ, for short. - Archie Bunker

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

The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum. - Havelock Ellis

The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenements halls and whispered in the sounds of silence. - Paul Simon

Silence is not silent. Silence speaks. It speaks most eloquently. Silence is not still. Silence leads. It leads most perfectly. - Sri Chinmoy

We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship. - C S Lewis

Silence is interesting. It can show confusion, indifference and sadness. But it can also show determination, confidence and caring. - Maxime Lagace

Within each of us, there is silence. A silence as vast as the universe. And when we experience that silence, we remember who we are. - Gunilla Norris

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


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