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Following The Truth Hits The Philly Airwaves!

 

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak announces that Following The Truth will be coming to Holy Spirit Radio in Philadelphia!

For a long time, I have wanted to host a radio program that combines Christian music, Scripture and advice for walking with the Lord. I am thrilled to announce that this program is now a reality!

Starting on Wednesday, March 25 at 10 AM Eastern (with encore at 4 PM Eastern), Following The Truth will be airing monthly (the 3rd Wednesday) on Holy Spirit Radio in Philadelphia, PA. Aside from the fact that I now have the opportunity to share the “Good News” by using some of my favorite tools, it is a special honor to be broadcasting from this station. It was Holy Spirit Radio that I listened to when I first started to move closer to the Lord. I am not kidding when I say that the radio station saved my life!

What can you expect on the new show? The focus will be on developing a close personal relationship with Christ and learning to walk daily with Him. I want my listeners to know that not only am I there for them, but so is the Lord. Life can certainly be tough, but none of us are in it alone. I hope you’ll be able to join me, even if you’re not in the Philly area. You can listen online HERE and the podcasts will be archived. I hope you can join me on March 25 at 10 AM Eastern for the radio debut of Following The Truth with Gary Zimak…

I’ll save a seat for you and leave the door open!

(Gary Zimak is a Catholic speaker and author who travels throughout the United States and Canada giving inspirational talks and leading parish missions and retreats. Click HERE to invite Gary to speak at your parish or conference or to inquire about his availability.)

Proof That God Never Lets Us Suffer Alone…

 

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak appears each Wednesday on The Son Rise Morning Show on EWTN Radio with his series "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled"

Here’s the Bible verse I discussed on EWTN Radio’s The Son Rise Morning Show today:

And as they led Him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. (Luke 23:26)

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak discusses suffering on the EWTN Son Rise Morning Show

Suffering can be a great source of anxiety. An even greater source of anxiety can be the fear of suffering. This generally happens because we don’t think that we’ll be able to handle the pain involved. As we can see in the above Bible verse, God will provide a way for us to get through any situation that we can ever face.

Jesus had an extremely difficult and painful task to accomplish on Calvary, but He had to get there first. After being scourged and losing much blood, it wasn’t easy for Him to carry a heavy cross. Fearing that He would die before they had the chance to crucify Him, the authorities forced Simon of Cyrene to assist Him in carrying the cross. As a result, Jesus reached His destination and was able to redeem us.

If you are suffering, rest assured that there is a Simon of Cyrene headed your way. It may be in the form of a person, it may be the grace you need to keep going, or it may be a combination of both. It’s also possible that you are being called to be the Simon of Cyrene for someone else. The bottom line is that the Lord never gives anyone a cross that’s too heavy to carry.

Lord, help me to carry the crosses in my life and please use me as the Simon of Cyrene in the lives of others. Amen.

(Gary Zimak is a Catholic speaker and author who travels throughout the United States and Canada giving inspirational talks and leading parish missions and retreats. Click HERE to invite Gary to speak at your parish or conference or to inquire about his availability.)

Before You Label Yourself A Hopeless Sinner, Consider This…

 

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak appears each Wednesday on The Son Rise Morning Show on EWTN Radio with his series "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled"

Here’s the Bible verse I discussed on EWTN Radio’s The Son Rise Morning Show today:

“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17)

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak reminds EWTN listeners on The Son Rise Morning Show that Jesus came to call sinners

With all of the emphasis on self-examination and turning away from sin, sometimes Lent can get a little depressing. Due to the fact that we have a natural tendency to overlook and excuse our less than perfect behavior, the sudden realization that we are sinners can be disturbing. It can even make us feel hopeless. But, just as pain or discomfort lets us know we may be ill, the knowledge that we are sinners can help us to understand that we are in need of spiritual healing. In other words…

It’s a good thing!

In the above Bible verse, Jesus makes it clear that He has come to save sinners – like us. Instead of letting your sinfulness make you feel hopeless and defeated, allow it to motivate you to seek the Lord’s forgiveness in the sacrament of Confession. Not only will you receive absolution for your sins, but you’ll receive the grace to help you sin less in the future.

While there is no doubt that we are all sinners, there is no such thing as “hopeless” when it comes to the Lord. He’s waiting for you in the confessional. Make it a point to visit Him soon!

(Gary Zimak is a Catholic speaker and author who travels throughout the United States and Canada giving inspirational talks and leading parish missions and retreats. Click HERE to invite Gary to speak at your parish or conference or to inquire about his availability.)

The Didache Bible – A Perfect Combination Of Scripture And Tradition!

 

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak is available to speak at your parish or conference

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak endorses the Didache Bible from the Midwest Theological Forum and Ignatius Press

In the Vatican II document Dei Verbum, the Catholic Church makes a powerful statement:

Hence there exists a close connection and communication between sacred tradition and Sacred Scripture. For both of them, flowing from the same divine wellspring, in a certain way merge into a unity and tend toward the same end. For Sacred Scripture is the word of God inasmuch as it is consigned to writing under the inspiration of the divine Spirit, while sacred tradition takes the word of God entrusted by Christ the Lord and the Holy Spirit to the Apostles, and hands it on to their successors in its full purity, so that led by the light of the Spirit of truth, they may in proclaiming it preserve this word of God faithfully, explain it, and make it more widely known. Consequently it is not from Sacred Scripture alone that the Church draws her certainty about everything which has been revealed. Therefore both sacred tradition and Sacred Scripture are to be accepted and venerated with the same sense of loyalty and reverence.
(Dei Verbum, 9)

Basically, the above excerpt reminds us of the danger of reading the Bible “in a vacuum” or without regard to the teaching of the Church. Since the Bible was compiled by the Catholic Church, it makes perfect sense that it should be read with Catholic teaching in mind. Otherwise, it’s entirely possible that we could derive some erroneous messages from its pages. Far from being a hypothetical danger, this is a real pitfall that happens frequently. Fortunately, we have a great summary of Catholic teaching in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. While this can aid us in reading the Bible, however, what if we’re not too familiar with the Catechism? How can we read Scripture without fear of misinterpretation?

I was recently given a complimentary copy of the Didache Bible from the folks at Midwest Theological Forum and I was blown away. I have many different Bibles in my possession, some with excellent Catholic commentary, but I’ve never seen one like this. This version contains an extensive commentary which is based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. In the Didache Bible, you can read the Ignatius Bible Edition (Revised Standard Version, Second Catholic Edition) supplemented with commentary taken directly from the Catechism. In addition, there are 100 explanations spread throughout the Bible that help to answer common questions about the faith. It doesn’t get much better than that!

If you are looking for a solid Catholic Bible (the RSV-CE is my favorite edition), I strongly encourage you to check out the Didache Bible from Midwest Theological Forum. You won’t be disappointed!

(Gary Zimak is a Catholic speaker and author who travels throughout the United States and Canada giving inspirational talks and leading parish missions and retreats. Click HERE to invite Gary to speak at your parish or conference or to inquire about his availability.)

5 Ways To Stop Worrying TODAY!

 

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Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak recently offered a free webinar - 5 Ways To Stop Worrying TODAY!

Are you looking for a way to stop worrying?

As part of the Homeschool Connections Refresh Conference 2015, I recently presented a free webinar, 5 Ways To Stop Worrying TODAY! Although it was designed for a homeschooling audience, the material is appropriate for ALL “worriers”. During this one hour webinar, I offered material that I typically present to my audiences around the country. My message? It is possible to stop worrying and the secret is simple – admit that you’re weak (just like Saint Paul) and turn to the Lord for help. In this presentation, I offer five simple steps that will help you.

You can view the recording of the webinar by clicking on the following link:

5 Ways to Stop Worrying TODAY! – Gary Zimak

Take it from me, if a chronic worrier like Gary Zimak can find peace in his life, you can too. Getting to know Jesus on a personal level will have an amazing effect on your life. Give it a try and see what happens. The only thing you have to lose is your anxiety!

(Gary Zimak is a Catholic speaker and author who travels throughout the United States and Canada giving inspirational talks and leading parish missions and retreats. Click HERE to invite Gary to speak at your parish or conference or to inquire about his availability.)

Do You Worry? Jesus Has A Question For You…

 

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak appears each Wednesday on The Son Rise Morning Show on EWTN Radio with his series "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled"

Here’s the Bible verse I discussed on EWTN Radio’s The Son Rise Morning Show today:

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak discusses a question posed by Jesus which reminds us that worry is useless

“And which of you by being anxious can add a cubit to his span of life?” (Luke 12:25)

Good question, isn’t it? The words of Jesus remind us that worry is useless. It doesn’t help us at all. Instead of choosing to worry, doesn’t it make sense to say a prayer instead, or to do what we can to fix the problem? Although it can be difficult, we can train ourselves to break the worrying habit.

Today, let’s do our best to remember Jesus’ question and turn to prayer instead of worrying. Even though you still might feel anxious, you’ll be on your way to achieving greater peace in your life and you’ll be following the Lord’s instructions.

Give it a try and let me know what happens. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

(Gary Zimak is a Catholic speaker and author who travels throughout the United States and Canada giving inspirational talks and leading parish missions and retreats. Click HERE to invite Gary to speak at your parish or conference or to inquire about his availability.)

A Great Example Of Combining Faith And Work

 

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak is available to speak at your parish or conference

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak addressing the Catholic Business Network of Greater Philadelphia

I recently had the privilege of presenting “Give Up Worrying For Lent” to the members of the Catholic Business Network of Greater Philadelphia. Under the leadership of president Barry Phillips and guided by board members such as Bobby Maurone and Chris Martin, this group does an admirable job of helping members to combine faith and work.

Having worked in the corporate world for 30 years prior to becoming a full time Catholic speaker and author, I know just how important it is to live the Catholic Faith in the workplace. It’s definitely a counter cultural message, but it’s one that is vital. I speak to many Catholic business organizations and I am always inspired when I see individuals who strive to bring their faith into the workplace. After all, we are called to be Catholics 24/7, not just on Sundays!

Thank you, Catholic Business Network of Greater Philadelphia for doing what you do. Keep up the great work!

(Gary Zimak is a Catholic speaker and author who travels throughout the United States and Canada giving inspirational talks and leading parish missions and retreats. Click HERE to invite Gary to speak at your parish or conference or to inquire about his availability.)

The Best Examination Of Conscience I’ve Ever Seen!

 

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak is available to speak at your parish or conference

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak discusses the examination of conscience that he read on The Gary Zimak Show tonight

As we enter the season of Lent, it’s a good practice to do a thorough examination of conscience and go to confession as soon as possible.

Here is the examination of conscience that I read on The Gary Zimak Show tonight:

Without a doubt, it’s the most thorough examination of conscience I’ve ever seen. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and then read through it slowly and prayerfully. I guarantee you will find some sins that need to be addressed. Thankfully, it’s not the end of the world. Make it a point to go to confession and receive the Lord’s forgiveness as soon as possible.

You won’t regret it!

(Gary Zimak is a Catholic speaker and author who travels throughout the United States and Canada giving inspirational talks and leading parish missions and retreats. Click HERE to invite Gary to speak at your parish or conference or to inquire about his availability.)

Do You Want To Know God’s Will For Your Life? This Book Is For You!

 

Faith, Hope and Clarity by Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak is now available

Have you ever wondered what God wants you to do in a given situation? Wouldn’t it be great to be able to hear Him speak and know His will? You’ll be pleased to know that it’s a lot easier than you think!

My new book, Faith, Hope, and Clarity: How to Know God’s Will is a step by step guide which will help you to discern what God wants you to do today, tomorrow and for the rest of your life. Take it from me, God wants you to know His will. The steps laid out in this book have enabled me to do so and I’m thrilled to be able to share them with you. Due to popular demand, the book has been released three months early and can be ordered at the bottom of the page!

Here’s what some of my colleagues are saying about Faith, Hope, & Clarity…

“Too many guides offer lofty, theoretical advice that is disconnected from real life’s day to day struggles. Faith, Hope, & Clarity is a refreshing antidote that offers practical advice readers can implement immediately.”

Jennifer Fulwiler, author of Something Other Than God

“Knowing and living God’s will is the most important thing you could ever discover, and Gary Zimak’s book will help you do just that!”

Fr. Larry Richards, Founder of The Reason for Our Hope Foundation

“The need for clear, orthodox Catholic knowledge is crucial for understanding the truth of Jesus Christ and his way of life. The next step is to discern among many good choices what is conducive to accomplishing the will of God for each of us individually. Gary Zimak shows how knowing God’s will opens up great adventures that give God greater glory and praise in everything we do!”

Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ, author of The Holy Land: An Armchair Pilgrimage

“This earthly life is a continual series of forks in the road, each requiring a decision to proceed in one direction or another. We all know how difficult, even scary, at times, such choices can be. That’s why Gary Zimak’s astute and trustworthy advice in Faith, Hope, and Clarity is so timely and beneficial. In its pages you’ll learn to ask the right questions, seek the best goals, and knock on those doors that God is just waiting to open wide for you.”

Patrick Madrid, host of The Patrick Madrid Show and author of Now What?

“Faith, Hope, and Clarity is an extremely helpful and practical guide for discerning the will of God and fulfilling one’s mission in life with confidence and peace. Filled with personal examples and stories from the Bible, Gary Zimak has put together a veritable guidebook for anyone who has ever struggled with knowing the will of God. As a priest, I plan on using this book in my pastoral ministry!”

Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, Author – Rosary Gems: Daily Wisdom on the Holy Rosary

“The title of this book really says it all. Faith and hope in the Lord are at the top of the list when we’re searching for and trying to fulfill God’s will in our lives. But a little clarity along the way can’t hurt either. Gary helps you find faith, hope, and clarity indeed. But you’ll also learn why it’s not all about the destination but also the journey itself.”

Teresa Tomeo, Motivational Speaker, Best Selling Author and Syndicated Catholic Talk Show Host

“There has never been a time in history when our lives have been more inundated with voices—the world, the flesh, and the devil—yelling at us, trying to convince us what we must do to be happy. So what is a person to do if in the midst of this cacophony he or she wants to be faithful to God, to one day stand before Him without embarrassment? In Gary Zimak’s fine book, we have a clear and trustworthy road map for discerning the simple and difficult steps of hearing God’s will for our lives.”

Marcus Grodi, President/Founder of The Coming Home Network International

“God cares about you. He cares about the decisions you need to make. He wants to reach you and lead you through the noise and distractions of this life to peace and union with Him. Gary’s book reveals this reality and will help you to gain practical insights into the wisdom of St. Ignatius’ rules of discernment regarding how to better hear and follow the movements of God in your soul.”

Dan Burke, Founder of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation and Executive Director of EWTN’s National Catholic Register


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It’s Never Too Late To Turn Back The Lord

 

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak appears each Wednesday on The Son Rise Morning Show on EWTN Radio with his series "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled"

Here’s the Bible verse I discussed on EWTN Radio’s The Son Rise Morning Show today:

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak discusses forgiveness on his weekly segment on The Son Rise Morning Show on EWTN

Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow (Isaiah 1:18)

No matter what sin you have committed, Jesus still loves you. There is nothing you can do to ever change that. When we sin we turn away from the Lord and reject His love. We feel isolated and alone, sometimes incorrectly believing that our sins are too great to be forgiven. NOT TRUE!

Jesus misses you and wants you back!

As we begin the holy season of Lent, why not make it a point to take Him up on that generous offer? There is no sin so great that will place you outside of the Lord’s mercy. Jesus is waiting for you in the confessional. He wants to forgive you and give you a great big hug. As long as you’re still alive, it’s not too late. No matter how many years it’s been since your last Confession, make the decision to return during this Lenten season. Jesus is waiting to welcome you home!

I promise you that’s it’s the best decision you’ll ever make!

(Gary Zimak is a Catholic speaker and author who travels throughout the United States and Canada giving inspirational talks and leading parish missions and retreats. Click HERE to invite Gary to speak at your parish or conference or to inquire about his availability.)