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The vow of silence and the monastery

The vow of silence and the monastery – so, just how seriously is that vow of silence taken? Enjoy the joke!

Brother John entered the ‘Monastery of Silence’ and the Abbott (rumored to be named ‘Costello,’ but that’s another story) said, “Brother, at this monastery, all must take a vow of silence. You are welcome here as long as you like, but you may not speak until I direct you to do so.” Brother John lived in the monastery for five years before the Abbott said to him “Brother John,you have been here five years now, you may speak two words.”

Brother John said, “Hard Bed.”

“I’m sorry to hear that” the Abbott said.

After another five years, Brother John was called by the Abbott. “You may say another two words Brother John.” “Cold Food.” said Brother John.

On his 15th anniversary at the monastery, the Abbott again called Brother John into his office. “Two words you may say today.”

“I Quit.” said Brother John.

“It is probably best.” said the Chief Priest. “You’ve done nothing but complain since you got here.”

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