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!”

A yawn is a silent shout. - G K Chesterton

Silence is so freaking loud. - Sarah Dessen

Only silence perfects silence. - A R Ammons

Real action is in silent moments. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The truth hurts, but silence kills. - Mark Twain

When money speaks, truth keeps silent. - Russian Proverb

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

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

Sound is our mind, silence is our being. - Osho

Every religion at its core is exclusive. - Ravi Zacharias

The silence is so deep it hurts our ears. - Haruki Murakami

We need silence to be able to touch souls. - Mother Teresa

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

Sometimes it's better to be silent and smile. - Unknown

I get really grinchy right up until Christmas morning. - Dan Aykroyd

A fair request should be followed by the deed in silence. - Dante Alighieri

Where God has his church, the Devil will have his chapel. - Spanish Proverb

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

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

Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death. - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

I have only one confidant, and that is the silence of night. - Soren Kierkegaard

Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. - G K Chesterton

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

Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights. - Khalil Gibran

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

Give me a couple of pages of the Bible, and I'll give you a picture. - Cecil B. DeMille

Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together. - Thomas Carlyle

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

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

Church is the only society on earth that exists for the benefit of non-members. - William Temple

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

Sex is the mysticism of materialism and the only possible religion in a materialistic society. - Malcolm Muggeridge

In the silence behind what can be heard lies the answers we have been searching for for so long. - Andreas Fransson

He made us all one true religion, Edith, which he named after his son, Christian - or Christ, for short. - Archie Bunker

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

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

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn whatever state I am in, therein to be content. - Helen Keller

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

Life is too ironic to fully understand. It takes sadness to know what happiness is; noise to appreciate silence; and absence to value presence. - Unknown

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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