May 13 - 15 2022


6:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Seminar: Political Discernment in the first Book of Samuel (in English)

On settling down in the land of Canaan, the Israelites led an agrarian life forming a loose confederation of tribes. In times of distress, charismatic leaders led and saved them from their enemies. Each tribe had a great deal of autonomy, and whenever there was a common threat, the tribes generally collaborated. At a certain point they asked to have a king like their neighbours, and both God and Samuel reluctantly acceded to this request. This seminar will focus on the discernment, or lack of it, that we find in the pro- and anti-monarchic accounts in the first book of Samuel in connection with the theme of discernment in the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius – including the discernment necessary for correct political choices. There will be time for reflection and personal prayer.
Led by: Prof. Anthony J. Frendo