You are rector
of the scholasticate and therefore live with Jesuits in formation. Tell us
about the young Malagasy Jesuits, their roots in the country, their culture,
what animates them spiritually.
Hopes and doubts are part of the landscape when I look
at our young Jesuits. We have hope for the future. Young Jesuits are
enthusiastic and generous in their commitment. Yet they are easily discouraged
by the harsh reality of life and the demands of the universal Society.
In general, young Jesuits, like so many other young
people in the country, have suffered the effects of an educational system that
did not allow them to flourish. They feel trapped by the system. It is
difficult for them to find a direction and have clear perspectives. Thus, they
discover only late in their formation the sense of universality of the Society
of Jesus. They enter the Jesuit Order “for the Province of Madagascar”. They
may feel deprived of means - especially intellectual means - when they compare
themselves to other young Jesuits in the world.
But, paradoxically, these young Malagasy are able to
follow the trends and fashions of young people everywhere. They are up to date in
the use of new information and communication technologies (NICTs). Because of
this, they consider themselves open to the world but can in fact get lost in
the labyrinth of the virtual world.
socio-political context of the country allows young Malagasy Jesuits to
practice proximity with the poor. Almost all of them come from poor backgrounds
or families. They are sensitive to the poverty of the people. They even feel a
tension between the structural poverty in the country and their current
lifestyle which, given the context of formation in the Society is fairly