Tom Nash’s Talks
The Biblical Roots of the Mass
Jesus’ one sacrifice of Calvary didn’t begin and end on that first Good Friday, as many Christians think. Rather, it culminated in everlasting glory at Christ’s ascension and is made sacramentally present every time we celebrate Mass. Tom explores how Jesus fulfills all Old Testament sacrifices, particularly the sacrifices of Passover and Yom Kippur.
Suffering for the Kingdom’s Sake: A Reflection on Mother Angelica
Tom first met Mother Angelica in the mid-1980s, when he helped her establish EWTN on local cable TV in Montgomery, Alabama. Learn how Mother Angelica overcame the pain of her parents’ divorce; being raised in an impoverished, single-parent household; and various physical ailments and disappointments throughout her life—using them all to grow in holiness and inspiring millions of others to do the same.
“Power Reaches Perfection in Weakness:” Learning from the Saints to Fruitfully Carry Our Crosses
By examining the lives of various saints, Tom imparts inspiration for living our own lives as disciples of Jesus Christ. Tom shares remarkable stories from the lives of Venerable Cardinal Van Thuan, Catherine Doherty, St. Monica and St. Augustine and others, weaving in modern music in an upbeat and edifying way to proclaim the Gospel.
God Will NOT Abandon You: Finding Consolation and Encouragement Amid Trials and Tragedies
Tom reflects on the mystery of suffering and how we can grow closer to Jesus through trials and tragedies, including sharing wisdom gained from his own trials with clinical depression and from saints who had similar trials, e.g., Ignatius of Loyola and Thérèse of Lisieux. He’ll also share poignant examples of lesser-known holy people he’s been blessed to know who have triumphed over great trials and tragedies in their own lives.
Pius XII: Defaming the Pope to Discredit the Church
Pope Pius XII’s status as a genuine World War II hero—vilified by the Nazis, affirmed by secular journalists, and praised by Jewish leaders—changed with a Communist-inspired play called The Deputy in the early 1960s. The fictional work convicted Pius of egregious “silence” in the face of Nazi atrocities, and he even came to be portrayed as “Hitler’s Pope.” Tom explains it was all part of a larger attempt to discredit the Church and that the tide is turning back toward the truth, as even the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem has taken notice.
Laying Down Your Life for Your Wife: What It Means to Be a Real Man and Husband
Because of their household headship, some men are quick to call their wives to obedience. However, if men want their spouses to follow their lead, they need to lead by sacrificial love, as Christ did in laying down his life (Eph. 5:25). As a line in the old marriage rite says, “Sacrifice is usually difficult and irksome. Only love can make it easy. And perfect love can make it a joy.” A wife who knows she’s truly loved and respected will be a motivated and loving spouse and mother. Self-giving love, mutual prayer, and communication are the keys to any deep friendship—especially marriage.
Marriage and Family, and Chastity in General
I have my certificate in marriage and family studies and have spoken and written a lot in this area, so I’m comfortable speaking on a variety of moral issues, including abortion, contraception, the principle of double effect, and calling men and women to chastity according to their state of life.
The Devil: Fact or Fiction?
Years ago, comedian Flip Wilson had a popular tagline: “The devil made me do it.” Now, in our increasingly skeptical and atheistic society, it seems the joke is on anyone who actually thinks Satan is a real spiritual being and the leader of the fallen angels. But how does Satan manifest himself? How does the Church evaluate the validity of demonic activity? With both a sense of humor and spiritual sobriety, Tom explores the distinctions between infestation, oppression, and exorcism, with the aid of the movies The Exorcist and The Exorcism of Emily Rose.