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Frightened By The State Of The World? Here’s A Comforting Thought…


 

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak offers advice for how to stop worrying about terrorism and the state of the world

Let’s face it…the world can be a scary place. Everywhere we look, we are bombarded with frightening news. Terrorism, war, crime and natural disasters seem to be more common than ever before. As someone who speaks and writes on overcoming worry and stress, I am contacted frequently by individuals who are struggling to overcome their fear of what’s taking place in the world…

What happens when the terrorists start beheading Christians in the United States?

How can we protect ourselves against the threat of tornadoes and earthquakes?

How long will it be until the struggling economy causes my company to close?

What will I do when I can no longer afford health insurance?

Is the world coming to an end?

Adding these fears to the general anxiety caused by sickness, financial issues and the uncertainty of the future can cause us to be overcome with worry. Fortunately, there is a solution to the problem. That solution is to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Walking daily with the Lord is the best remedy for anxiety, bar none! While this relationship can be achieved through prayer, reading Scripture and receiving the Sacraments, sometimes we can lose our focus. What can we do?

I have found that one of the most effective remedies for achieving peace in the midst of the world’s craziness can be found in one simple Bible verse. I recommend that you read it at least once daily and repeat as needed. It’s a reminder that no matter what happens in the world, God is still in charge. No event or terrorist act can ever change that fact. We all have the ability to live forever in Heaven provided we keep our focus on the Lord and follow His commands. That, my friends, is a very comforting thought!

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)

I’m Praying For You!


 

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak offers to pray for your needs

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men. (1 Timothy 2:1)

Recently, I have been receiving many requests for prayers. Through social media, email and verbal communication I’ve been hearing of sick children, unexpected trips to the ER, cancer diagnoses, anxiety and every other ailment imaginable. Whenever I discover that someone is suffering or in need of prayer, I immediately say a prayer and add long term requests to my official prayer list (a book that I carry to daily Mass and adoration). Even though I know that every prayer is effective in some way, I’ve been feeling that I want to do something more. I want you to know that I’m praying so that when you’re sitting in the ER, a doctor’s office or your house, you realize that you’re not alone and that you are being prayed for. In addition, I want to give you a chance to ask for my prayers.

Every day at daily Mass and in my rosary, I remember all those who have asked for my prayers. In addition, each Saturday and Sunday , I pray for these individuals before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Do you need prayers? Would you like to be added to my list? Email me and let me know your needs and I will add you to my official list. In addition, always feel free to contact me on Facebook or Twitter and request prayers.

Please remember that no matter how hopeless a situation looks or how helpless you feel, you can always pray and it will always be effective. Even you might not get exactly what you want or get it as fast as you like, God hears and responds to every prayer. In addition, take comfort in the fact that I’m always willing to pray for you…

You are not alone!

Here’s How Total Consecration Will Work…


 

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak explains the process of Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary

Believe it or not, the annual Following The Truth 33 day preparation for Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary begins in less than two weeks! If you haven’t already done so, click HERE to find out more information, sign up and receive your FREE Total Consecration book. While more information will be coming via email and on my show, here is a preliminary schedule:

Monday, September 1 – Pre-preparation begins on my nightly Following The Truth radio program with a series of three (Monday through Wednesday) radio shows dedicated to explaining Total Consecration and answering your questions).

Thursday, September 4 - The 33 day preparation for Total Consecration begins. The preparation process is broken into four parts:

1. Emptying Self Of The Spirit of the World (12 days)
2. Gaining Self-Knowledge And Sorrow For Sins (7 days)
3. Gaining a fuller knowledge of Our Lady (7 days)
4. Gaining a fuller knowledge of Jesus Christ (7 days)

Tuesday, October 7 – We make (or renew) our Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary!

If you have any questions about the process, please email me. Get ready…this is going to be powerful!

Thank You, Mother Angelica!


 

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak posing next to a portrait of Mother Angelica at EWTN

“She didn’t know exactly where God was leading her that summer of 1944. But she went just the same.” (Raymond Arroyo on Mother Angelica’s decision to enter religious life)

Seventy years ago, on this day, Mother Angelica said “yes” to the Lord and entered religious life. Here’s a nice article written by Raymond Arroyo which tells the story of what happened on August 15, 1944. On behalf of the millions who have been impacted by her decision, I’d like to say “Thank you” to Mother Angelica. Your “yes” has changed our lives forever. Happy 70th anniversary!

Giving God Credit For Your Success


 

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak reminds us to thank God for all that we are able to accomplish

Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. (Psalm 127:1-2)

We live in a world where self-accomplishment is highly regarded. While the Lord absolutely wants us to work hard, everything we do should be done out of love for Him. If we are successful, we should thank God. For without Him, we would not be able to accomplish anything. Pause for a minute and take a breath. That last breath would not have been possible if the Lord didn’t will it.

As you go about your daily duties today, don’t forget to thank God for giving you another day and do everything out of love of Him. Don’t forget to ask Him to help you with your daily work. Although the world may tell you otherwise, admitting that everything you’ve ever accomplished or will accomplish is all due to God isn’t a sign of weakness…

it’s a sign of great wisdom!

If God Truly Is Almighty, Why Do We Worry?


 

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak with a secret that will help you to stop worrying

I Believe In God, the Father Almighty…

The first few words of the Apostles Creed are very familiar, aren’t they? We pray them at least once each week and many of us pray them every day. Let’s think about something for a minute. If we TRULY believe that God is almighty, that means nothing is impossible for Him, correct? If that is the case, why do we worry about what may or may not happen in our lives today? Could it be that we really don’t believe the words that we pray?

The next time you’re tempted to worry, repeat the first line of the Apostles Creed instead. If you still find yourself struggling, ask God to increase your trust in Him. Before you know it, your problems will seem a lot less frightening. Give it a try and see what happens. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Click here to order my new book From Fear To Faith: A Worrier’s Guide To Discovering Peace!

Get Ready For Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary!


 

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak will once again be leading Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary on his nightly radio show

It’s that time of the year again!

Beginning on September 1, 2014, I will once again be leading the 33 day preparation for Total Consecration To Jesus through Mary on my nightly BlogTalkRadio show. This is the fourth consecutive year that I’ve been leading this devotion and I expect it to be our best year ever. Over the past three years, we have helped over 2,000 individuals consecrate their lives in this manner and many lives (including my own) have been completely transformed!

What is Total Consecration? Our friends at the My Consecration apostolate have put together a short video explaining the details:

Interested? Want to find out more? Here’s all you have to do:

STEP 1 – Sign up. (NOTE: If you are already on my email mailing list, you can skip this step)

Enter your email address below and press the “Join Now” button and you’ll be placed on our email mailing list. You’ll then receive an email (from me), asking you to confirm your registration by clicking on a link. Don’t skip this step! You need to do this in order to be placed on the mailing list. I’ll be sending out periodic emails to provide more information and guide you through the process. I WILL NOT share your email address with anyone!


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STEP 2 – Get your FREE copy of Consecration To Jesus Through Mary.

My dear friends at the My Consecration apostolate are offering a free Total Consecration kit, which includes a copy of the book “Consecration To Jesus Through Mary”. To receive your kit, simply click HERE and register. This will provide you with the materials that you need to participate in Total Consecration. Although we work closely with each other, My Consecration and Following The Truth are 2 separate apostolates. Therefore, you also need to register with them in order to receive your free book. Please note that the offer of a free kit applies only to residents of the US or Canada. While MyConsecration.org provides their materials free of charge, I would encourage you to make a donation to their apostolate if you are able to do so.

STEP 3 – Tune in to the Following The Truth radio program at 8 PM Eastern on September 1)

Although the actual 33 day preparation period begins on Thursday, September 4th, I’ll spend the first three days of that week discussing Total Consecration and providing more information about the process. I’ve led over 2,000 people through Total Consecration over the past 3 years and I’m looking for another big year in 2014. Whether you’re renewing your consecration (like me) or making it for the first time, we’ll walk together over the 33 day preparation period. In addition to my nightly radio show, I’ll be available by email to answer your questions and/or encourage you.

So, get ready and be prepared for your life to change in some BIG ways. Jesus is waiting to get to know you better and Mary is ready to take you by the hand and lead you to Him. Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have.

“The more we honor the Blessed Virgin, the more we honor Jesus Christ, because we honor Mary only that we may the more perfectly honor Jesus, since we go to her only as the way by which we are to find the end we are seeking, which is Jesus.” (St. Louis de Montfort)

Rise, And Do Not Be Afraid!


 

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak offers advice for overcoming fear and anxiety

Today we celebrate the feast of the Transfiguration. The gospel from today’s Mass contains a powerful message for any of us who may be tempted to give into our fears and begin worrying. Peter, James and John had just witnessed a glimpse of Heaven. It was now time for them to get up, descend from the mountain and deal with some very difficult problems. As can be expected, they didn’t want to leave. That’s the challenge that we face every day, my friends. It’s important that we make time to speak to Jesus throughout the day, but it’s also important to remember His words when that time is over and we have to face the difficulties of our daily lives. Relax…He’s right there with you!

But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and do not be afraid.” (Matthew 17:17)

Click here to order my new book From Fear To Faith: A Worrier’s Guide To Discovering Peace!

How Can I Know God’s Will?


 

The new book from Catholic author and speaker Gary Zimak offers advice for learning God's will

What does God want me to do TODAY?

What does God want me to do TOMORROW?

What does God want me to do FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE?

Faith, Hope and Clarity: How To Know God’s Will

by

Gary Zimak

(Foreword by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle)

Coming in Spring of 2015 from Servant Books

Be Not Afraid…To Homeschool!


 

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak talks about the anxiety associated with homeschooling

When Eileen and I first decided to homeschool our daughters, I have to admit that we were frightened. Although we were nervous, however, we moved forward because we felt that God was calling us to do it. After completing three years as homeschooling parents (I’m the Religion teacher!), we realize that it’s one of the best things we ever did. Homeschooling is not only providing Mary and Elizabeth with a great education, but has drawn us closer as a family and closer to the Lord.

Here’s the “Be Not Afraid…To Homeschool” talk that I recently presented at a homeschooling conference in New Jersey. Whether you’re dealing with homeschooling worries or anxiety in general, this theme of this talk will help you to experience peace in your life. Nothing that happens in your life comes as a surprise to the Lord. Everything (good and bad) is designed to help you get to Heaven. Best of all, He will NEVER abandon you…

If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it!

Please contact me if you would like me to deliver this talk (or any of my talks) at your parish or conference!