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Following The Truth Comes To Real Life Radio!


 

Catholic Speaker Gary Zimak announces his new show on Real Life Radio

I am thrilled to announce that my Following The Truth radio program will be regular part of the new 24 hour Catholic radio network, Real Life Radio. Every weeknight (time to be determined), you and I will get to spend 60 minutes together discussing Jesus, praying, reading the daily Mass readings, exploring ways to stop worrying and other good stuff. The show will be live so we’ll even be able to take some phone calls. I’ll be joining such notable Catholic personalities as Sean Herriott, Patrick Coffin, Mark Shea, Fr. James Kubicki and many others as we take to the airwaves to spread the “Good News”. A complete list of the Real Life Radio hosts can be found here.

Want to learn more about the Real Life Radio network? You can view (and read) General Manager Leo Brown’s “Astonishing Announcement” here. I’ll keep you posted with further updates. And, in case you’re wondering, I’ll still be doing my daily 30 minute BlogTalkRadio show. This new program will be completely original and will give me the opportunity to reach many more listeners. Please keep us in your prayers and spread the word about Real Life Radio!

5 Lessons We Can Learn From Jesus’ Calming Of The Storm


 

Catholic Speaker Gary Zimak disusses Jesus calming of the storm at sea

When I speak at parishes and conferences around the country, one of my favorite Bible passages to discuss is “Jesus Calms The Storm At Sea” (Matthew 7:23-27). Basically, the disciples follow Jesus into a boat, a great storm arises, and the Lord calms the sea. Simple, right? Unfortunately, this story is so simple that we often miss some key points. If you’re struggling to stop worrying about Ebola, Isis, the stock market, personal health issues, job loss or many other problems, here are 5 important lessons you can learn from this powerful story:

1. The Disciples Followed Jesus - When Jesus got into the boat, the disciples followed Him. We should do the same thing every day. Following Jesus faithfully will not only help you to stop worrying, but it will get you to heaven!

2. Even Followers Of Jesus Have Problems – Just because we’re followers of Jesus doesn’t mean that we won’t have storms in our lives. On the other hand, following Jesus will give you peace, even in the midst of those storms. (Matthew 11:28)

3. Don’t Panic If Jesus Is Silent - Even though Jesus was asleep in the boat, He was very much in control of the situation. If it seems like He has deserted you, don’t worry…He is right beside you!

4. Cry Out For Help – While it is true that the disciples panicked when the storm arose, they had enough faith to do something very productive – they asked Jesus to help them. Worry is always useless, but prayer is always effective. Although we may not get exactly what we want, we will get what we need.

5. Learn To Look Back - After Jesus calmed the storm, “the men marveled” (Mt. 8:27). Looking back at the many times Jesus has helped you is sure to increase your faith and help you to deal with future problems.

Just as He did 2,000 years ago, Jesus can calm the storms in your life and help you to experience peace. Imitating the disciples at sea is a great idea. Give it a try and see what happens!

Finding Peace In A Crazy World!


 

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak disusses how to stop worrying while living in a crazy world

Are you growing increasingly uneasy about all of the craziness in the world? Do you find yourself worrying about Ebola, Isis, date breaches and the state of the economy? Relax! Jesus Christ is bigger than any of these problems and He doesn’t want you to worry. Beginning tonight at 8 PM Eastern on the Following The Truth radio show, I’ll begin a 3 part series designed to help you to stop worrying about the world’s craziness. The only script I’ll use is my Bible.

Please join me for 30 minutes each night as we hear what God has to say and look for practical ways to stop worrying. Please share the news with your friends. The only thing you have to lose is your anxiety!

To Jesus Through Mary…One More Time!


 

Catholic Speaker Gary Zimak discusses his renewal of Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary

To Jesus Through Mary!

Three years ago on October 7, 2011 I formally placed my life in the hands of my Blessed Mother, Mary. On that day, along with several hundred listeners of my nightly radio show, my wife and I consecrated our lives to Jesus though Mary using the method popularized by St. Louis de Montfort. Earlier today at Mass, Eileen and I once again renewed our Total Consecration to Jesus though Mary. As has been the case for the past three years, we were joined (spiritually) by my listeners. To date, I have been fortunate to lead approximately 2,500 individuals through the Total Consecration process.

I would like to thank all of you who participated in the Total Consecration process with me. It has been a privilege to guide you through the 33 day preparation period. I’m grateful for your prayers, support and financial contributions. I can’t wait to hear about the great things Our Lady accomplishes in your lives. I’m also thankful to Tony Mullen and Ray Mooney from MyConsecration.org. Once again, they have generously provided the consecration materials free of charge. Most importantly, I’d like to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for sharing His mother with me. I am beyond grateful for that gift!

For those of you who have not made your Total Consecration, I strongly encourage you to do so. Entrusting your life to Mary will bring you closer to Jesus than you ever thought possible. Please contact me if you’d like more information about this devotion. It’s the best move you’ll ever make!

Moving From Fear To Faith On EWTN!


 

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak visits with Jim and Joy Pinto on At Home With Jim and Joy on EWTN

I recently had the chance to visit my friends Jim and Joy Pinto on their new EWTN TV series, At Home With Jim And Joy. We discussed my battle with anxiety and how the Lord has helped me to stop worrying and experience peace in my life. In addition, we took calls from the viewers and shared our own personal stories about the role our faith plays in combating worry and stress. I hope you enjoy the program and please consider sharing this post with your family and friends. Thank you and God Bless!

Doing God’s Will Doesn’t Have To Feel Good!


 

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak discusses the fact that it doesn't always feel good to do God's will

“Father, if you are willing, remove this chalice from me; nevertheless not my will, but yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42)

In the course of my travels, I have met many people who genuinely desire to follow God’s will. Many of those same individuals, however, are concerned that they aren’t doing a good job with the task. Do you know why they are concerned? It’s primarily because they don’t “feel” like doing what God wants. Let’s be honest, my friends…enduring suffering, reaching out to those in need, stepping out of our comfort zone and forgiving people who have hurt is generally doesn’t “feel” good. What we need to remember, however, is that a desire to do God’s will has nothing to do with feelings. Rather, it is a conscious decision.

When Jesus asked His Father to let the suffering pass Him by, He was expressing natural human feelings. The Lord could have suppressed these feelings, but He chose not to. By doing so, He reminds us that it’s perfectly acceptable to dislike suffering and to ask God to remove it from our lives. In spite of that aversion to suffering, however, Jesus chose to consciously submit to His Father’s will. Instantly, a feeling of fear was transformed into an act of obedience and love.

Back in the days when our twins were babies, my wife and I didn’t exactly plead with one another for the chance to feed them when they woke up in the night. Even though we loved Mary and Elizabeth, neither one of us “felt” like waking up to comfort them. While it didn’t “feel” good, we did it because we loved them and it was God’s will that we tend to the needs of our children. Despite what we may hear or believe, love isn’t necessarily a feeling. While there are often emotional feelings associated with love, it is primarily a decision. We can choose to love someone, even if we don’t “feel” like it. Submitting to God’s will when we don’t “feel” like it is a great way of expressing our love for Him.

Don’t be too hard on yourself when you don’t always enjoy doing God’s will. Sometimes it’s not fun for me either and it certainly wasn’t always fun for Jesus. Doing God’s will isn’t about feelings…

It’s about LOVE!

At Home With Jim, Joy…And Gary!


 

Catholic Speaker Gary Zimak discusses how to overcome anxiety on EWTN TV's At Home With Jim And Joy

On Thursday, September 25, I’ll be joining my friends Jim and Joy Pinto on their new TV program, At Home With Jim and Joy. We’ll be discussing how a personal relationship with Jesus can help us to overcome worry and stress. The program will air live on EWTN TV at 2 PM Eastern on September 25 and will be rebroadcast on September 26 at 5 PM Eastern and September 28 at 2 AM Eastern. I hope you’ll be able to tune in!

If you miss the show, don’t worry! You can also purchase a DVD of the episode from EWTN Religious Catalog HERE.

My Visit To The Women Of Grace TV Show…


 

Catholic Speaker and Author Gary Zimak with Johnette Benkovic from his recent appearance on Women of Grace

Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting EWTN and filming 5 episodes of Women Of Grace with Johnnette Benkovic. On the programs, Dr. Greg Popcak and I offered advice for overcoming worry and stress. I discussed my books A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible and From Fear To Faith and explained how growing closer to Christ has allowed me to stop worrying.

The programs are scheduled to air sometime in the Fall. I recommend that you sign up for the Women Of Grace newsletter in order to receive advance notice of the exact dates.

Catholic Speaker Gary Zimak at EWTN to discuss ways to stop worrying

Catholic Speaker Gary Zimak on the set of Women Of Grace with Johnnette Benkovic

From Fear To Faith On Catholic Answers Live!


 

Catholic Speaker and Author Gary Zimak on Catholic Answers Live with Patrick Coffin

While on a speaking tour in Southern California last week, I had the pleasure of visiting the headquarters of Catholic Answers Live. In addition to meeting many of the staff members, I got to appear on an episode of Catholic Answers Live with Patrick Coffin. Although I have appeared on the program several times in the past, this was the first time that I was able to do the show live in the studio. We discussed how to move From Fear To Faith and you can listen to the podcast at the following link:

Catholic Answers Live with guest Gary Zimak – September 12, 2014 (From Fear To Faith)

I’m Heading To California…Want To Come Along?


 

Catholic Speaker Gary Zimak launches his Fall "From Fear To Faith" tour by visiting Southern California

This week is going to be a busy one for me. On Tuesday, September 9, I’ll be traveling to Southern California to officially kick off my Fall “From Fear To Faith” speaking tour. While I’m there, I will speak to two Legatus chapters (Sept 10 and 11) and appear live in studio on the radio program, Catholic Answers Live (Friday Sept 12 at 6 PM Eastern). In addition, I’m currently leading the yearly 33 day preparation for Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary on my daily Following The Truth radio show (I’ve pre-recorded this week’s episodes).

Please keep me in your prayers as I travel to bring the “Good News” of Jesus Christ to a world very much in need of hearing His message. I’ll be documenting my travels on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. If you’d like to keep track of me, you can follow me by clicking on the appropriate link (or the icons just to the right of this post).

Contact me if you’d like me to speak at your parish or conference. It would be an honor to bring the Lord’s message to your town!

God Bless,
Gary