Tom Nash has served the Church professionally for more than 30 years, including as a theology advisor at the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). He is a contributing apologist for Catholic Answers, and a contributing writer for both the National Catholic Register and Catholic World Report. Tom appears as a periodic guest host for Kresta in the Afternoon and has appeared as a regular guest apologist on Catholic Answers Live for more than a decade.
Tom is the author of The Biblical Roots of the Mass, What Did Jesus Do?: The Biblical Roots of the Catholic Church, and 20 Answers: The Rosary. He is also a contributing author to Catholic for a Reason: Scripture and the Mystery of the Mass, and Faith Facts: Answers to Catholic Questions, Vols. I and II. He is also a Regular Member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars.
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The Biblical Roots of the Mass (PowerPoint)
As Tom explains in his most popular talk, 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.
The Healing Power of Forgiveness
Forgiveness is often viewed as weakness, a “turning of the other cheek” in which we wallow in victimhood (see Matt. 5:39). To the contrary, Tom explains, when we forgive in Christ Jesus, we recognize, charitably confront, and seek to stop further sin against us and/or someone else. In the process, we work to let go of resentment, which has been aptly described as “drinking poison while hoping your enemy dies.” That is self-destructive victimhood. When Jesus tells us, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matt. 5:44), he isn’t saying we have to like our enemies, let alone love what they do, but rather will their good, which means praying for their repentance, transformation of heart, and, ultimately, their eternal salvation. Tom draws on the witness of Jesus, the lives of the saints, and his own experiences to share this much-needed Gospel message.