August 11, 2019
When Brother John entered the "Monastery of Silence," the Chief Priest revealed to him that he could only speak if being asked to do so.
And that's what he did inside the silent monastery. A year later, the Chief Priest told him, "Brother John, you have been here a year now, you may talk two words."
To which he replied, "Hard Bed."
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"I'm sorry to hear that," the Chief Priest said. "We will get you a better bed."
After their conversation, Brother John's life went back to normal. He was not allowed to speak again.
After one year, the Chief Priest called him. "You may say another two words, Brother John," he said.
"Cold Food," Brother John answered.
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The Chief Priest then told him that they would make sure their food would be better in the future.
During his third year in the silent monastery, the Chief Priest called him again and said, "Two words you may say today."
"I quit," Brother John replied.
"It is probably best," said the Chief Priest. "All you have done since you got here is complain."
A priest holding cross of wood | Photo: Freepik
If that crack you up, here's a joke about a man who was visiting a monastery.
The man took a guided tour with the head monk. As they walked through, the head monk pointed out all of the various activities going on.
"This is the place we make bread. We grind our own flour."
"This monk is taking a break from his work to pray."
A man visiting a monastery | Photo: Freepik
"Here is the garden where we grow all our own food."
"This is our animal barn. We raise all these animals from cradle to grave, and they all have some job to do on the grounds."
The head monk then left the man to investigate on his own. As he made his way back to the entrance, he passed by the monk who was praying before.
He was still bowed over, with his hands pressed together in prayer. The man would not like to trouble him, yet he was unfathomably inquisitive.
Priest holding a bible | Photo: Freepik
"Excuse me, I'm sorry to bother you. I can see that you're praying, and you've been praying for a very long time. What do you do here at the monastery?"
The monk replied, "I make the glue."
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