December 1, 2020

Patriarch Pavle of Serbia and the Turbulent Airplane


Once, when Patriarch Pavle of Serbia was traveling by airplane, on a flight abroad, they entered into a turbulence zone and a loud bang was heard, causing unrest and there was panic among the passengers, who believed that the plane would fall into the ocean. Some shouted, some screamed at the flight attendants and the pilot, while the Patriarch prayed quietly.

A young hierarch who was sitting next to the Patriarch then asked what he thought if the plane crashes.

The Patriarch replied without confusion:

"In relation to myself, accepting it as an act of justice, because in my life I ate so many fish, it would be strange if they would not eat me."