Silence...


Sister Karen Katherine entered the Monastery of Silence. The Priest said, Sister, 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.."

Sister Karen Katherine lived in the monastery for 5 years before the Priest said to her, "Sister Karen Katherine, you have been here for 5 years. You can speak two words."

Sister Karen Katherine said, "Hard bed."

"I'm sorry to hear that," the Priest said, "We will get you a better bed......."

After another 5 years, Sister Karen Katherine was called by the Priest... "You may say another two words, Sister Karen Katherine."

"Cold food," said Sister Karen Katherine, and the Priest assured her that the food would be better in the future...

On her 15th anniversary at the monastery, the Priest again called Sister Karen Katherine into his office. "Two words you may say today."

"I quit," said Sister Karen Katherine.

"It is probably best", said the Priest, "You've done nothing but complain since you got here."