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 the mother of truth. - Benjamin Disraeli

Real action is in silent moments. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Silence is a source of great strength. - Lao Tzu

When the owl sings, the night is silent. - Charles de Leusse

Of those who say nothing, few are silent. - Thomas Neill

Where gold speaks every tongue is silent. - Italian Proverb

Speech is of time; silence is of eternity. - Thomas Carlyle

Oppression can only survive through silence. - Armen de Monteflores

Silence is sometimes the severest criticism. - Charles Buxton

You misinterpret everything, even the silence. - Franz Kafka

I never heard a minute's silence like that. - Glenn Hoddle

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

The New Year begins in a snow-storm of white vows. - George William Curtis

Love is the silent saying and saying of a single name. - Mignon McLaughlin

The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between. - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Experience teaches us that silence terrifies people the most. - Bob Dylan

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

There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it. - George Bernard Shaw

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

In silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves. - Rumi

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

A religion that gives nothing, costs nothing, and suffers nothing, is worth nothing. - Martin Luther

Aren't we forgetting the true meaning of Christmas? You know, the birth of Santa. - Bart Simpson

I built my church on Easter services, Christmas Eve services, and Norman Vincent Peale. - Robert H. Schuller

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

Silence is the perfectest herald of joy. I were but little happy if I could say how much. - William Shakespeare

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

Are you saying that the Rebel Alliance were religious terrorists and Yoda was a benefit cheat? - Dave Turner

No matter how carefully you stored the lights last year, they will be snarled again this Christmas. - Robert Kirby

It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent. - Madeleine Albright

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

The Muslim world is threatened by religious fanaticism. The Western world is threatened by secular fanaticism. - Dennis Prager

I gave my young nephew a book for Christmas. He's spent six months looking for where to put the batteries. - Milton Berle

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

The true genius shudders at incompleteness - and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be. - Edgar Allan Poe

Secrets, silent, stony sit in the dark palaces of both our hearts: secrets weary of their tyranny: tyrants willing to be dethroned. - James Joyce

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself. - Harvey Fierstein

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

The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others. - Solomon Ibn Gabriol


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29-Jun-2022