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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My true religion is Kindness. - Dalai Lama

Off-the-docks Jews (Orthodox Jews) - Archie Bunker

Silence does not always mark wisdom. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Religion is the opiate of the masses. - Karl Marx

Poetry is what gets lost in translation. - Robert Frost

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

Silence is one of the great arts of conversation. - Hannah More

Don't speak unless you can improve on the silence. - Spanish Proverb

Women like silent men. They think they're listening. - Marcel Achard

When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful. - Malala Yusafzai

Science is a differential equation. Religion is a boundary condition. - Alan Turing

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

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

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

As far as I’m concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue. - Albert Einstein

The Bible does not give us a road map for life, but it does give us a compass. - Gordon S. Jackson

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

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

Our marriage vows: till death do us part, for better for worse, in secrets and in health. - Archie Bunker

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

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

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

He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic. - Kingsley Amis

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a family all wrapped up in each other. - Bill Vaughan

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

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

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

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

A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together. - Garrison Keillor

The Bible's full of wine. God ain't got nothing against a little drink to celebrate His Son's birthday with. - Archie Bunker

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

Anyone who thinks sitting in church can make you a Christian must also think that sitting in a garage can make you a car. - Garrison Keillor

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

Question everything. Your love, your religion, your passion. If you don't have questions, you'll never find answers. - Colleen Hoover

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

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

The Obama representatives like Robert Gibbs attack people viciously, but people like me will not be silent and will answer them back. - Donald Trump

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 ain't got no respect for no religion where the head guy claims he can't make no mistakes. Like he's, waddya call, inflammable. - Archie Bunker

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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22-May-2019