At home on campus

Homecoming Weekend starts tomorrow here at Queen’s University.  Homecoming — even the word is comforting.

Homecoming is not really a trip home — I am on campus nearly every day –but rather an occasion to be grateful for the special blessing granted to we who are part of the great university adventure. With the exception of a few months here and there, I have spent my entire adult life as a university student, instructor or chaplain. I have other duties too, of course, as a parish priest and journalist, but the campus calendar is what sets the rhythm of my life. Continue reading

Seven years later

The long, violent terror war in the Islamic world — which killed hundreds of thousands in Algeria alone in the 1990s — took on global dimensions on Sept. 11, 2001.  The attacks on New York — the unofficial capital of the world — and Washington, D. C., the American capital city, meant that the rise of Islamic extremism could no longer be considered a problem only for the Muslim world. The subsequent bombings in Bali, Madrid and London demonstrated that the whole world would be engaged in this battle, whether it wanted to be or not. Continue reading