Poor Natasha. She gets grilled by Fr. Edwin “Pius” Sammut O.C.D. when she stands up to introduce her Neocatechumenal community from Inarajan, Guam.
Her sin? Her husband Chris, who also serves as a “responsible” for her community, was absent from the Convivence because he had to work that day. You see, Fr. Pius only offers the false dichotomy of “Jesus, or work.” He says that it’s not a judgment, but then quickly goes on to tell Natasha that it shows what’s really in her and her husband’s heart. Fr. Pius pontificated on this same subject earlier in the Convivence, and you can hear those earlier words here.
Here’s a recording of his grilling of Natasha:
Inarajan. Let’s stand up, Inarajan. I saw them, therefore I know that they are here. They are very, very small in Inarajan.
Good morning, Father.
Yes? You are the responsible?
Yes, My name is Natasha. My husband is Chris. And we have…
Where is he?
He is at work, Father.
That’s uh very good news you give me this morning. [Laughter from the other “brothers.”]
I know. And we have three children. These are our co-responsibles.
Wonderful. Wonderful. These convivences come – let me take advantage of you, Natasha, okay? These convivences come once every year, do you understand me? And it is, many of us are put in front of a choice. This is not so much, it’s, it’s done for yourselves to see what you choose. Whether you prefer work to God. Cuz we say God, God, God comes first. Well, it is true many times that God does not come first. It’s not to judge you or condemn you. I don’t know the situation of your husband. Perhaps it was impossible for him or whatever. But these situations come for us, okay. And know Friday, and know Friday, it’s very important because Friday is the day of Conversion. Okay, therefore, okay, “No, I want to work.” Okay, go to work. No one is going to punish you, no one is going to chastise you. But it shows, it just shows what is in our heart. Okay? Therefore encourage him, okay? The next time, tell him, “No more work. You get less money, no worry. We shall survive. Okay. They will kick you out of the work. No, no, they will not kick you. Okay, they will not kick you.