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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Silence is so freaking loud. - Sarah Dessen

Great souls suffer in silence. - Friedrich Schiller

Silence speaks when words can't. - Unknown

Silence is more eloquent than words. - Thomas Carlyle

Speech is the small change of silence. - George Meredith

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

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

Calumnies are answered best with silence. - Ben Jonson

Confidence is silent; insecurities are loud. - Unknown

Noise creates illusions. Silence brings truth. - Maxime Lagace

I get tired of talking when I want to be silent. - Henry Rollins

Decency is indecency's conspiracy of silence. - George Bernard Shaw

Don't talk unless you can improve the silence. - Jorge Luis Borges

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

It is not easy to keep silent when silence is a lie. - Victor Hugo

Listening to the eternal involves a silence within us. - Thomas R Kelly

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

The 'g' is silent. The only thing about her that is. - Julie Burchill

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

For the man who prays in his heart, the whole world is a church. - Sylvain of Athos

In an urban environment, a church building is a thing of the past. - Mark Batterson

Spiteful words can hurt your feelings but silence breaks your heart. - C S Lewis

The more you understand silence, that's where the balance comes. - Rick Rubin

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

The Religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wisest man is the silent one. Examine his actions. Judge him by them. - Karen M Moning

Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence. - Henri F Amiel

I've read the last page of the Bible. It's all going to turn out all right. - Billy Graham

The less Holy Spirit we have, the more cake and coffee we need to keep the church going. - Reinhard Bonnke

Later, he told his nephew that religion required careful thought, not reflexive acceptance. - Thomas Jefferson

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

Let us build a church so great that those who come after us may thing us mad to have attempted it. - Unknown

When I make a vow to God, then I would suggest to you that's even stronger than a handshake in Texas. - Rick Perry

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in this life has purpose. - Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

The world says everything happens randomly, without reason. But the Bible reassures us that God works in all things. - David Jeremiah

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

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

Audiences everywhere are tough. They don't have time to be bored or brow beaten by orthodox, old fashioned advertising. - Craig Davis

I am quite sure now that often in matters concerning religion and politics, a man's reasoning powers are not above the monkeys. - Mark Twain

Starbucks says they are going to start putting religious quotes on cups. The very first one will say, 'Jesus! This cup is expensive!' - Conan O'Brien


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12-Apr-2021