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 gives consent. - Pope Boniface VIII

Tea is a religion of the art of life. - Okakura Kakuzo

There is no substitute for the Bible. - Henry Halley

Religion is the opiate of the masses. - Karl Marx

Oppression can only survive through silence. - Armen de Monteflores

Silence is the true friend that never betrays. - Confucius

Silence is one of the hardest things to refute. - Josh Billings

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

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

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

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

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

Silence often gives impressions that words can not. - Unknown

The dead soldier's silence sings our national anthem. - Aaron Kilbourn

Silence can be defined as conversation with an Englishman. - Heinrich Heine

True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess. - Louis Nizer

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

You have the right to remain silent, but I don't recommend it. - Protest sign

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. - Albert Einstein

My religious background is that my mother is a Christian Dior Scientist. - Robin Williams

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. - Martin Luther King Jr.

The silence of a man who loves to praise is a censure sufficiently severe. - Charlotte Lennox

If the police arrest a mime, do they tell him he has the right to remain silent? - George Carlin

In this religious order has flourished and is revitalized the order of Knighthood. - Knights Templar

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. - Victor Hugo

The church is close, but the road is icey. The tavern is far, but I will walk carefully. - Russian Proverb

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

Complaint always comes back in an echo from the ends of the world, but silence strengthens us. - G K Chesterton

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

If I were ever prosecuted for my religion, I truly hope there would be enough evidence to convict me. - John Wooden

The Bible, if ya read it you'd know. It's right in the beginning there, in the Book of Generous. - Archie Bunker

Your mother has this crazy idea that gambling is wrong, even though they say it's okay in the Bible. - Homer Simpson

I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls in to line. - Lucille Ball

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

An angel is a spiritual creature created by God without a body for the service of Christendom and the church. - Leo Rosten

The greatest ideas, the most profound thoughts, and the most beautiful poetry are born from the womb of silence. - William A. Ward

The bulletin board on the lawn of a New Jersey Church reads "We reserve the right to accept everybody." - John Kazmark

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

The Muslim Prophet Mohammed was a big believer in charity and firmly established helping those in need as a basis of the religion. - Richard Engel

Mathematicians are like Frenchmen: whatever you say to them they translate into their own language and forthwith it is something entirely different. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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23-Feb-2019