Let me tell you what obedience means. This heavy rainfall came upon us once while we were in a forest with not so tall trees; the trees were not higher than a regular house. Father Cleopa was sitting in one spot, I was in a different spot – looking for thicker shrubs for us to take shelter under. However, Fr. Cleopa kept calling me from under the branches to come sit next to him in that spot. There were about 30 meters between the two of us. I kept telling him that my spot was better and saying “No!” But upon a second thought, I said to myself: Wait a minute. Why don’t I just listen to Father Cleopa! So I just ran out from there and the instant I left it, lightning struck down that exact spot – where I had been sitting a second before. I was SO impressed. Obedience is SUCH a precious thing.
— In the Wilderness with Fr. Cleopa – Fr. Arsenie Papacioc Remembers