Divine Mercy in my Soul PDF File†††† ††††††
FOOTNOTE 48 Still, I could not get down because sister had ordered me to sit there by virtue of obedience  until she told me to get down†††† (Diary 151) ††††††
† Only superiors can give orders "by virtue of obedience," and that concerning only serious matters. Sister Marcianna could not do it and certainly did not do it. She told Helen to sit on the table as a form of penance. Helen was surprised by this kind of penance and hesitated to obey the order. Then Sister Marcianna asked the postulant: "Is this what your obedience is like, Helen?" This question was misunderstood by Sister Faustina as an order "by virtue of obedience" (Sister Marcianna's Recol.).