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

Real action is in silent moments. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

A silent man is easily reputed wise. - Frederick W Robertson

Silence is a source of great strength. - Lao Tzu

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

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

Listen to silence. It has so much to say. - Rumi

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

Holy Mackerel: Fish served at Church supper - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

A turkey never voted for an early Christmas. - Unknown

The cruelest lies are often told in silence. - Robert Louis Stevenson

Silence is sometimes the severest criticism. - Charles Buxton

You misinterpret everything, even the silence. - Franz Kafka

I get tired of talking when I want to be silent. - Henry Rollins

I have often regretted my speech, never my silence. - Xenocrates

Be on your guard against a silent dog and still water. - Latin Proverb

The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me. - Blaise Pascal

In an urban environment, a church building is a thing of the past. - Mark Batterson

The more you understand silence, that's where the balance comes. - Rick Rubin

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

There is a world of practical religion in simply being considerate of others. - Roger Babson

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

Democracy is also a form of religion; it is the worship of jackals by jackasses. - H L Mencken

He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words. - Elbert Hubbard

You can always borrow a corkscrew from a member of the Protestant Episcopal Church. - Chauncey Depew

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion. - Thomas Paine

He has occasional flashes of silence that make his conversation perfectly delightful. - Sydney Smith

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

Let's just say, I'm Irish. I grew up in the 1950s. Religion had a very tight iron fist. - Liam Neeson

Reading a good book in silence is like eating chocolate for the rest of your life and never getting fat. - Becca Fitzpatrick

Family, religion, friendship... these are the three demons you must slay if you wish to succeed in business. - Mr. Burns

Silence speaks so much louder than screaming tantrums. Never give anyone an excuse to say that you're crazy. - Taylor Swift

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

It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand. - Mark Twain

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. - Ansel Adams

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

Silent Disco: A disco in which all the participants wear wireless headphones to hear the music, thus eliminating noise pollution - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

Within each of us, there is silence. A silence as vast as the universe. And when we experience that silence, we remember who we are. - Gunilla Norris

Only through repentance and faith in Christ can anyone be saved. No religious activity will be sufficient, only true faith in Jesus Christ alone. - Ravi Zacharias

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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24-May-2022