Three monks go to Rome

My father used to tell a story about three monks that visit the Vatican. All go from Ireland to visit the Holy City. And each has an audience with the Pope.

The first comes from a rich monastery and he says he has a year to take in Rome and the sights. The Pope blesses him and says:

‘You will see some of Rome.’

Then, it is the second monk’s turn. He comes from a more modest monastery. He can only stay a month.

The Pope blesses him and says:

“You will see a lot of Rome.”

The third monk is next.

He is from a poor monastery. He can only stay a week.

The Pope blesses him and says:

“You will come to know Rome.”

It may take a long time to begin to understand the nature of a bamboo tree. But it is the spirit of the third monk in the story – that is the domain one must inhabit to learn to know things.

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