“I had the pleasure of meeting you at the University of Dallas a couple of weeks ago. I was very pleased with your talk and I have found it to be one of the most informative and engaging I have witnessed, both for myself and my youth.”
– Director of Youth Ministry from Clifton, TX
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High school topics:
• Chastity—Why this virtue is under attack and how it protects true love and brings deep joy.
• Masculinity and Femininity—Our bodies are like the best teachers, helping us understand life so that we can love. Find out what it means to be a man and what it means to be a woman, taught to you by none-other-than your own body!
• Dating—When is it right? What is it for? How far is too far? This talk challenges teens not only regarding sexual chastity but also emotional modesty.
• Confirmation—What’s the point? Is it real that it changes us? Who is the Holy Spirit? What does the Theology of the Body say about life in the Spirit?
• Social Networking, Bullying, and the Incarnation as a guide—A person-to-person encounter in the flesh is what all humans desire, but technology is beginning to usurp such a face-to-face experience. This talk presents guidelines as well as addressing bullying.
• The Mass—Answering the questions of teens: Why do I have to go to something so boring? What difference does it mean in my life? Can’t I skip Sunday every now and then? Why can’t Catholics have exciting praise and worship instead of Mass? Do we really eat Jesus’ flesh?
• Vocations for Love—A look at marriage and celibacy for the Kingdom (priesthood and consecrated life) as complementary, meaningful commitments which afford love. How does one discern. This talk gives funny and compelling stories about “Seminary Sprints” and “Nun Runs” which show the joy of consecrated life and priesthood as well as the wonders of marital love. Jesus and Mary pave the way for both vocations.
• Why do Catholics do that?—General catechesis from a TOB perspective. The inviting youth minister or teacher can decide on which topics ought to be covered.
• TOB and Prayer Life—St. John of the Cross influenced St. John Paul in a profound way. This talk relates John of the Cross’ mysticism with John Paul’s TOB. This challenging spirituality is then brought down to an accessible level for growth in one’s prayer life.
• TOB and the “Catholic AND’s”—The breathtaking perspective of TOB forms a holistic mosaic of the Catholic faith, sure to resonate with those teens ready to learn more about Catholicism. So often, we think that God only has the power, but God wants our cooperation, and all of us, Body AND Soul, Reason AND Faith. This talk elaborates and changes lives by its sheer, immense vision. For more mature teens.
• Controversial Issues—Expert national speaker and former teacher, Monica Ashour, presents in a pastorally-sound way inspired by Pope Francis to explain the truth of the human person, made in God’s image and likeness, followed by the logical consequences regarding tough issues surrounding teens nowadays: cohabitation, abortion, homosexuality, pornography, contraception, sterilization, in vitro fertilization, all-male priesthood, purgatory & confession. Such a presentation will only be given if enough time is provided and the atmosphere is of openness and receptivity to the truth of the body, backed by the Church’s teachings. Parental permission forms will also be a pre-requisite. Click here for the parental permission form.
Middle School Topics:
• Culture of Social Networking—C.S. Lewis says that we enslave a generation when we give advanced technology to the young without guidelines and limits regarding its use. This talk guides and challenges young people to consider the body as a guide for face-to-face encounters.
• Codes and Custom vs. Crass Convo—From attire to greeting adults to address crass talk, this talk shows the dignity of the human person in his cordial behavior and dress.
• Confirmation—The 8th graders preparing for Confirmation will be engaged and excited about receiving this Sacrament after this talk.
• Cliques and Gossip—The two vices bring division and sadness. TOB brings union and joy in friendship.
• Catholic All Your Life!—Why the middle schooler should stay Catholic—a free and fun adventure! This talk covers general catechesis.
• Chastity: A Path for True Love