There were some medieval monks who vowed a vow of silence. They were allowed to speak but once a year and that only for a short moment. One monk said, "I think the wine in our monastery is too sweet."
One year later a second monk quietly responded, "I like the sweet wine."
Another year passed and a third monk arbitrated, "This incessant bickering must stop."
Friday, November 20, 2009
Dissension in a Monastery
Jim West, Drinking With Calvin and Luther, p. 136: