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. (A PowerPoint presentation will accompany this talk)


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. (A PowerPoint presentation will accompany this talk)


“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. (A PowerPoint presentation will accompany this talk)


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. (A PowerPoint presentation will accompany this talk)


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. (A PowerPoint presentation will accompany this talk)


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. (A PowerPoint presentation will accompany this talk)


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.

(A PowerPoint presentation will accompany this talk)


Marriage and Family, and Chastity in General

With a certificate in marriage and family studies and experience speaking and writing in this area, Tom is 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.

Tom can gear a presentation to men alone that includes avoiding the pitfalls of pornography by preemptively cultivating the virtue of chastity. Tom can also address married couples as well as teens and young adults.


Witness to Hope: The Mission of the Catholic Family

In an increasingly troubled world, how can the Catholic family emulate Our Lord and be a light to the nations? Tom examines the richness of the Church’s teaching on marriage and family, providing poignant anecdotes of how living Catholicism faithfully is not simply possible but very much preferable.


“The Gospel According to Blue Bloods:” A closer Look at the Catholic Themes of the Popular CBS TV Series

Ready to debut its tenth season, Blue Bloods is particularly popular among Catholics, given the show’s frequent religious themes. Sunday family dinners, celebration of the sacraments, life-and-death crises, and struggles with chastity are some of the topics Tom analyzes through the lens of the Gospel and the life of the Reagan clan.

(A PowerPoint presentation will accompany this talk)


Anti-Catholicism Makes the Strangest of Bedfellows

Where else can you find such an eclectic group of individuals, organizations, and other entities finding common cause than among those who oppose the Catholic Church—Planned Parenthood, the KKK, the ACLU, ISIS, militant atheists, Bob Jones University, and homosexual advocacy groups such as the Human Rights Campaign (HRC)? Not to mention Satan and his devotees who realize that the Church is the greatest threat to their infernal plans. As Tom explains, if the Church weren’t truly relevant and enduring, these diverse groups wouldn’t be united in common purpose against us.

(A PowerPoint presentation will accompany this talk)


What Did Jesus Do?: The Biblical Roots of the Catholic Church

If you want to know “What would Jesus do?” (WWJD) to guide your life today, you must first accurately answer the question “What Did Jesus Do?” during his earthly ministry. Drawing on the Bible and other historical evidence, Tom provides an incisive and ecumenical argument that Jesus founded—and continues to sustain—the Catholic Church as his instrument of worldwide salvation and life-transforming love.

(A PowerPoint presentation will accompany this talk)

 

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