Sister Mary 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 directed to do so.”
Sister Mary lived in the monastery for 5 years before the Priest said to her “Sister Mary you have been for 5 years. You may speak two words.”
Sister Mary 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 was summoned by the Priest. “You may say another two words, Sister Mary.” “Cold food” said Sister Mary, and the Priest assured her that the food would be better in the future.