Fr. Edwin “Pius” Sammut O.C.D., the lead catechist for the Neocatechumenal Way in Micronesia, says that the absolute obedience of the members of “the Way” on Guam has “edified him a lot” (Click the red arrow below to play the recording):
“There are always people who rebel, but anyway, thanks be to God, God has given us tremendous communion, tremendous obedience. Okay, somehow you have always obeyed us. You know, which is very, eh, which edified, which edified me a lot, even when we told you big things. You always did what we told you, okay, and this communion is what gives strength to this charism.**“
Anecdotes abound, but three members I know told me that they even have to ask permission from their catechist to take off-island vacations…
** In Christian theology, a “charism” usually means a “gift of the Holy Spirit.” Members of the Neocatechumenal Way habitually refer to their movement as a “charism”, and sometimes even call their founder, Kiko Arguello, a “charism”.