8 Reasons Jim Gaffigan Shouldn't Quit His Show

08/23/2016 Comments (11)

Dear Jim Gaffigan,

I am writing this heartfelt post to convince you, Jim Gaffigan, to continue with your show, The Jim Gaffigan Show, on TV Land. Recently, you announced that there won't be a Season 3 to your wonderful show because you want to focus on raising your five children. (Helicopter parent much?! Sheesh.) This plea of mine might seem ironic to some in that I was a journalist who left his job at a newspaper to raise his five children but I'm a complex man. OK, not that complex. But I watch a lot of television and your show is one of my favorites. So that should be enough right there. But apparently it's not.

So here's eight good quality reasons that you, Jim Gaffigan, should...READ MORE

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That "Olympic Moment" Was a Christian Moment

08/18/2016 Comments (8)

By now, we've all probably seen that beautiful moment when Abbey D'Agostino of the United States collided with Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand in a women's 5000m qualifying race. In what is being heralded as "true Olympic spirit", D'Agostino jumped back on her feet and appeared ready to race on. This is the Olympics, mind you. But then she looked down and saw her rival from New Zealand, writing in pain.

Then she did the unthinkable—she stopped. She stopped and helped her opponent up. Hamblin later described it this way in Christianity Today:

"That girl is the Olympic spirit right there," Hamblin said of D'Agostino. "I went down and I was like 'What's happening? Why am I on the ground?' "Then...READ MORE

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I'll Admit It, I Never Really Liked Michael Phelps

08/15/2016 Comments (11)

(Photo credit: Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

I know I'm probably in the teeny tiny minority but for years I've held a dirty secret. I never really liked Michael Phelps. I mean I still wanted him to win. 'Merica and all. But I didn't like him.

I respected his chase of perfection. He was a man on a mission but he seemed...cocky, I guess. I respected the way he pursued his passion but he didn't seem grateful. He didn't seem joyful. His relationship with his mother seemed loving but it seemed like a closed circle. He didn't seem loving to others around him.

And then we all saw the headlines about the drug use, the drinking, the DUI, and rumored womanizing. I thought it was a shame. And after 2012, it seemed like he was done.


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Flannery O'Connor Was No Fan of Ayn Rand

08/11/2016 Comments (9)

In a letter dated May 31, 1960, Flannery O’Connor penned a letter to the playwright Maryat Lee that was obviously part of an ongoing conversation they were enjoying. O'Connor was clearly not a fan of Rand.

She wrote:

I hope you don’t have friends who recommend Ayn Rand to you. The fiction of Ayn Rand is as low as you can get re fiction. I hope you picked it up off the floor of the subway and threw it in the nearest garbage pail. She makes Mickey Spillane look like Dostoevsky.


I, however, find myself very grateful to Ayn Rand in a sense. Oddly enough, it was her work which helped to lead me back to Catholicism. I was working as a security guard while going to college. In truth, I...READ MORE

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19 Killed in Japan (But Don't Worry, They Were Disabled)

08/07/2016 Comments (6)

The recent murder of nineteen disabled people in Japan did not cause the outpouring of rage and grief that many other instances of violence have caused around the globe. In fact, it was astonishingly underreported. There are, I think, a few reasons for this. Firstly, the killer didn't use a gun so the gun-banning crowd had nothing from the incident that they could use to further their agenda. Secondly, it wasn't an act of Muslim terrorism so you didn't have that ready-made angle. It's almost like we only pay attention to the tragedies which confirm our beliefs and can be used to further our agendas. But lastly, I believe this tragedy escaped the notice of so many simply because the victims...READ MORE

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Free College Plan Could Destroy Catholic Colleges

08/03/2016 Comments (13)

During her speech at the Democratic Convention, Hillary Clinton, in an attempt to woo Bernie Sanders voters, promised to work to have the government provide free college tuition. "Bernie Sanders and I will work together to make college tuition-free for the middle class and debt-free for all," she said.

If this occurs, it could very well mean the end of many Catholic colleges. And please remember, for many on the left that would be considered a feature, not a bug.

Under Clinton's proposal, the government would pay tuition for students of families earning less than $125,000 per year for in-state colleges and universities. This would obviously put private colleges and universities at a...READ MORE

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They Have Come For Us Before

07/27/2016 Comments (2)

Francesc Torras Armengol (1832-1878), “Martiri dels Sants Servand i Germà”

Beloved, do not be surprised that a trial by fire is occurring among you, as if something strange were happening to you.

They have come for us before but it has always made us stronger. They have visited darkness upon us throughout two thousand years of history, yet it has only served to contrast with testaments of courage, love and light. They have danced while covered in Christian blood and celebrated the carnage. Starved and panting lions have been uncaged before. It has all happened before.

Yesterday, Islamist radicals raided a morning Mass in Normandy, France and beheaded an 86 year old priest. One nun, reportedly named Sister Danielle, was taken hostage and described the awful...READ MORE

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7 Religious Liberty Quotes From Our Founding Fathers You Should Know

07/26/2016 Comments (13)

Howard Chandler Christy, “Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States” (1940, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Despite being guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution, religious liberty is in the crosshairs of many of our most powerful elected officials. But our Founding Fathers were very clear about ensuring religious liberty for all Americans.

Here are 7 quotes from our Founding Fathers concerning religious liberty which you should know.

"Nothing is more dreaded than the national government meddling with religion." —John Adams, in a letter to Benjamin Rush. 1812

"[T]hat the opinions of men are not the object of civil government, nor under its jurisdiction; that to suffer the civil magistrate to intrude his powers into the field of opinion and to restrain the profession or...READ MORE

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Matt Archbold graduated from Saint Joseph's University in 1995. He is a former journalist who left the newspaper business to raise his five children. He writes for the Creative Minority Report.