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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expressive silence - James Thomson

My true religion is Kindness. - Dalai Lama

Liberty is the right to silence. - Unknown

Religion is the opiate of the masses. - Karl Marx

When money speaks, truth keeps silent. - Russian Proverb

Speech is the small change of silence. - George Meredith

Poetry is what gets lost in translation. - Robert Frost

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

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

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

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

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

Women like silent men, they think they're listening. - George Carlin

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

Now a soft kiss; Aye, by that kiss, I vow an endless bliss. - John Keats

I'm walking backwards for Christmas Across the Irish Sea. - Spike Milligan

There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls. - George Carlin

Tenderness is greater proof of love than the most passionate of vows. - Marlene Dietrich

In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence. - Robert Lynd

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

No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow. - Alice Walker

There's no better book with which to defend the Bible than the Bible itself. - Dwight L. Moody

Real love is a humble receptivity of a silent heart that is prepared to melt and merge. - Banani Ray

Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart. - Mother Teresa

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go. - Brooks Atkinson

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

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

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

I find that the nicest and best people generally profess no religion at all, but are ready to like the best men of all religions. - Samuel Butler

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

People are so shocked when they find... out I am Protestant. I am Presbyterian. And I go to church, and I love God, and I love my church. - Donald Trump

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

To say that authority, whether secular or religious, supplies no ground for morality is not to deny the obvious fact that it supplies a sanction. - Joseph Addison


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23-Oct-2018