Not surprisingly, the topic of the Covid 19 pandemic
was raised. Father Sosa expressed concern about the change in perspective he
has perceived in recent months. Whereas during the “first wave”, many voices
were raised to emphasise how the planetary ordeal we were undergoing should
lead to profound changes in the way we live, in the way we consider the
environment, and in the way we share resources with a view to greater
fraternity, he now hears all too often the desire for a “return to normal”. A
‘normality’ that led to the crisis and cannot be a guarantee for a better
In his view, the pandemic brings a confirmation of the
Society’s Apostolic Preferences.
People need direction to find a profound meaning to their lives, to find God.
The fragility of all requires mutual concern, but we see that it is the poorest
or most marginalised people who suffer most from the pandemic and who need to
be accompanied. The prospects for the future are difficult to identify for
young people; they need to be heard in their distress and in their desire for a
new society. And, of course, the earth itself, in its ecological dimension, has
been wounded: this is the origin of the pandemic. In these four fields, Jesuits
and all members of the Ignatian family are called to commit themselves. For
example, in Europe, all four preferences meet in the field of migration and the
challenges it raises.
It is not possible to report all the questions and
answers of this long interview between Silvia Rozas and Arturo Sosa. Let us
mention, however, how much Father General hoped that the Ignatian Year would be
an opportunity for Jesuits and those close to them. May they find the courage,
in the conversion experience of Ignatius, to overcome the suffering of various personal
and collective wounds.
though the conversation highlighted many of the challenges and difficulties of
our world, Father Sosa, at the end, said that he was a man of confidence. He
relies on his faith. He identifies areas of light. For the Church, he thinks
that finally, thanks to the synodality put forward by Pope Francis, the notion
of “people of God” is bearing fruit, changing the way we look at things. For
the Society, the commitment to create conditions that allow more people to
benefit from the treasure of Ignatian spirituality and the revived commitment
to create spaces of freedom and service, all of this makes him believe that one
can “see everything new in Christ”.