Joke About a Young Monk

Franciscan Monk - Pieter PaulA devout young man joined a religious order in a monastery where he took a vow of silence, under which he was allowed to say one word for each year of successful service—one word for the first year, two for the second, and so on.

At the end of his first year he came for his audience with the Father, who said, “My son, you have successfully completed one year of service. Do you have anything you would like to say?”

The young man opened his mouth, pointed to an upper left molar and said, “Hurts.”

He was sent to the clinic, his badly abscessed tooth was removed, and he returned to his duties.

At the end of the second year, the young man came for his audience and the Father said, “My son, you have successfully completed two years of service. Do you have anything you would like to say?”

The young man pointed to his shoes and said, “Too… tight.”

He was sent to the commissary and given a proper-fitting pair of shoes. His infected blisters healed and he resumed his duties.

At the end of his third year the young man came for his audience and the Father said, “My son, you have successfully complted three years of service. Do you have anything you would like to say?”

The young man said, “Want… to… quit.”

“I’m not surprised,” the Father replied. “You’ve done nothing but bitch since you came here.”

—Brian Kahn
Real Common Sense

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