Sister Mary 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 Mary Katherine lived in the monastery for 5 years before the Priest said to her, “Sister Mary Katherine, you have been here for 5 years. You can speak two words.”
Sister Mary 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 Mary Katherine was called by the Priest. “You may say another two words, Sister Mary Katherine.”
“Cold food,” said Sister Mary 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 Mary Katherine into his office. “You may say two words today.”
“I quit,” said Sister Mary Katherine.
“It’s probably best,” said the Priest. “You’ve done nothing but complain since you got here.”
“The older I get the better I used to be.”
Thought for the day
“These things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!” Habakkuk 2:3, LB
Don’t get discouraged. When Habakkuk became depressed because he didn’t think God was acting quickly enough God said the above to Habakkuk …