Brother John entered the 'Monastery of Silence' and the Chief Priest
said: "Brother, this is a silent monastery, 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 a full year before the Chief
Priest said to him: "Brother John, you have been here a year now, you
may speak two words."
Brother John said, "Hard Bed." "I'm sorry to
hear that" the Chief Priest said. "We will get you a better bed."
The next year, Brother John was called by the Chief Priest. "You may say another two words Brother John." "Cold Food." said Brother John and
the Chief Priest assured him that the food would be better in the
On his third anniversary at the monastery, the Chief Priest 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. "All you have done since you got here was complain."