Thursday 10 December 2015

Formation in context and multiculturality

A good way of studying history is to identify the questions, or the dialectic. This might be also a good way of influencing history.

A - small? - point of discussion these days is the value of formation outside one's province / culture / context. The Rector Major has gone on record to encourage such formation: "at least one phase of formation outside one's context and culture" is more or less what he says in his first letter. The values in conflict here are: formation in loco, and formation outside.

Two points for consideration. Just because one is doing one's formation within one's particular context, there is no guarantee that this is contextualized formation. Something more is needed: the right interaction with context, and appropriation of the experience by attention to what is happening to me / us through such interaction.

Just because one is doing one's formation outside one's context, it does not mean that "one will never be formed." Here the focus is often on the formators, who, not being from the context of the formees, are expected not to understand them. I would say: what is important is the religious and human interiority of the formator, and also his moral and intellectual interiority. A formator who genuinely lives his faith and his charism, and who is learning to be at home with his own affectivity, a formation who is genuine, will be able to reach the heart of the formee regardless of culture.


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