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Catholic Speaker Gary Zimak – Coming To A City Near You!


 

This week, Catholic Speaker Gary Zimak will be speaking at Mary, Mother of Mercy parish in Glassboro, New Jersey and at a Catholic business organization in Traverse City, Michigan

Lent is a busy time in the life of a Catholic Speaker! This week, I’ll be speaking at Mary, Mother of Mercy Parish in Glassboro, NJ (March 18) and then hopping a plane the following day to speak at a Catholic business dinner in Traverse City, Michigan on March 20.

Please keep me in your prayers as I continue to travel the country spreading the “Good News” of Jesus Christ. Here is a list of where I’ll be appearing in the next few months. If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by and say, “Hi”!

Upcoming Personal Appearances For Catholic Speaker Gary Zimak

March 18, 2014
Mary, Mother Of Mercy Parish
Glassboro, NJ
(7 PM) “Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry”

March 20, 2014
Martinus Of Northern Michigan
Traverse City, MI
(7 PM) Keynote Speaker, Monthly Dinner

March 25, 2014
Saint Maria Goretti Parish
Hatfield, PA
(7 PM) “Listen To Your Blessed Mother”

March 26, 2014
Saint Stephen’s Parish
Pennsauken, NJ
(7 PM) “Give Up Worrying For Lent”

March 31, 2014
Saint Philip Neri Parish
Lafayette Hill, PA
(7 PM) “Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry”

April 5, 2014
Malvern Retreat House
Malvern, PA
(1:30 PM) “Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry”

April 10, 2014
Sacred Heart Parish
Lyndhurst, NJ
(7:30 PM) “Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry”

April 18, 2014
Catholic Business Network of Greater Philadelphia Monthly Breakfast
Llanerch Country Club
Havertown, PA
(7:30 AM) Good Friday Mini-Retreat

April 26, 2014
Raising Kids Catholic Conference
Brookfield, WI
(8:30 AM – 3 PM) “Parenting Without The Worry”

April 29, 2014
Saint Rose Academy
Birmingham, AL
(6:30 PM) “Out Of Darkness Is Born The Light”

May 2, 2014
Our Lady Of The Valley Church
Birmingham, AL
(7 PM) “What If Mary Said ‘No’?”

May 17, 2014
Malvern Retreat House
Malvern, PA
(1:30 PM) “Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry”

May 24, 2014
C.H.A.P.L.E.T Homeschool Conference
Mater Ecclessiae Church
Berlin, NJ
(9 AM – 5 PM) “Be Not Afraid…To Homeschool!”

If you would like to invite me to speak at your parish or conference, please contact me HERE.

Want To Move From Fear To Faith? Join Me On Catholic Answers Live!


 

Catholic Speaker Gary Zimak will be appearing on Catholic Answers Live on March 14 to discuss how to overcome anxiety.

Need some help making the journey from fear to faith? No problem! Tune in to Catholic Answers Live on Friday, March 14 at 6 PM Eastern. I’ll be on for the full hour discussing my new book “From Fear To Faith: A Worrier’s Guide To Discovering Peace” (coming in August) and taking listener calls. If your local Catholic radio station doesn’t carry the show, you can listen live HERE.

Pray, Hope And Don’t Worry Comes To Philadelphia!


 

Catholic Speaker Gary Zimak will be giving a talk on overcoming anxiety at St. Bede the Venerable Parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

On Wednesday, March 12 at 7 PM, I’ll be speaking at St. Bede the Venerable Parish in Holland, PA. The topic will be one of my favorites, “Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry”, and I’ll be offering simple advice on how to overcome anxiety with the help of Jesus Christ. After the talk (which will last one hour), I’ll be signing copies of my books, “A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible” and “Listen To Your Blessed Mother”. If you live in the Philadelphia area, I hope you’re able to stop by. I’d love to meet you!

More information can be found on the parish website.

Overcoming Anxiety – My New Pinterest Board Is Now Available!


 

Catholic Speaker Gary Zimak announces his new Pinterest board designed to help you overcome anxiety

Let’s face it, anxiety is a serious problem for many individuals. Although the self help guides urge that we just put “mind over matter” and stop worrying, that’s generally not possible for the majority of serious worriers. As many of you know, the Lord has blessed me with the opportunity to reach out to my fellow “worriers” and share some advice that I’ve discovered over the years. Generally speaking, the best piece of advice I can give you is to grow closer to Jesus and that will bring you peace. While it sounds good, some of you will ask (justifiably), “how do we do that?”

In an effort to help you and to assure you that we’re in this together, I have just created a board on Pinterest designed to help you overcome anxiety in your life. I will continue to update it with a collection of items that will help you to move away from anxiety and toward Jesus. I urge you to follow this board and share it with your friends. You can experience peace in your life, my friends. Jesus will help you and so will I!

Follow Gary Zimak’s board Overcoming Anxiety on Pinterest.

I Woke Up Tired And Miserable Today. Thank You, Lord!


 

Last night we set our clocks ahead one hour. This morning I woke up tired and, to be honest, feeling a little miserable. As I sat down to eat breakfast with my family before Mass, however, something popped into my head. The fact that I was alive means that the Lord gave me another day to know, love and serve Him. Although I didn’t feel like it, I grabbed my phone, opened my Twitter app and tweeted the following:

Catholic Speaker and Radio Host Gary Zimak uses Twitter to give thanks to God

I’m still working on it, but I am gradually learning that my relationship with God shouldn’t be based on how I feel. Lent is a good time to work on focusing less on myself and more on my relationship with the Lord. Even though I’m not feeling too chipper this morning, I shouldn’t take it out on God. My message to you on this First Sunday of Lent is this – Don’t feel bad about feeling bad. Feelings are neither right nor wrong. It doesn’t matter how you feel, it matters what you say and do.

Being nice to someone who you can’t stand or thanking God for the problems in your life is a great way to express your love for Him. It gives us a chance to truly put Him first in our lives. And you know what? Sending up that prayer this morning also allowed me to have a personal encounter with the Lord, which always bears fruit. Even though I’m still tired, I am feeling the peace that comes from being close to Him. How cool is that?

God is good!

How Can I Be Sure I’m Following Jesus?


 

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak offers suggestions for how we can be sure that we are followers of Jesus

After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him. (Luke 5:27-28)

In today’s gospel, Jesus invites Levi (also known as Matthew) to follow Him. The tax collector then left everything behind and followed the Lord. Lent is a great time to assess just how serious we are about following Jesus. While I certainly claim to be His follower, do my actions support that statement? How can I be sure? Fortunately, Jesus gives us the answer:

Then he said to all, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” (Luke 9:23-24)

I guess that means that, if I want to be His follower, I should do what He did. I probably should surrender to the Father’s Will, stop complaining so much about the annoyances of daily life and begin putting the needs of others before my own.

I’ve got some work to do. How about you? Let’s pray for one another.

Gary Zimak 2014 Lenten Speaking Tour Kicks Off On March 12th!


 

Catholic Speaker Gary Zimak will be speaking at St. Bede's Catholic Church in Holland, PA on March 12

I’m extremely blessed to travel around the country throughout the year sharing the “Good News” of Jesus Christ and His Catholic Church. Lent is an especially busy time, however, in the life of a Catholic Speaker. On March 12 at 7 PM, I’ll be kicking off my 2014 Lenten Speaking Tour with an appearance at St. Bede the Venerable parish in Holland, PA. In March and April, I’ll be speaking in several different churches and events across the country including stops in Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Alabama. The majority of my talks will be about overcoming anxiety by embracing a closer relationship with Jesus. A complete list of my upcoming talks can be found HERE. I hope to meet many of you in my travels. If I’m not speaking in your area, we can arrange it. Here’s how you can invite me to speak at your parish or conference!

Have I Grown Closer To Jesus Today?


 

Catholic Speaker and Author Gary Zimak offers advice for assessing the status of your relationship with Jesus

As we journey through the forty days of Lent, it’s easy to lose our focus. Even if we remain faithful to our Lenten sacrifices, we can still lose sight of our main goal – growing closer to the Lord. While it is entirely possible that giving up sweets, coffee or beer can draw us closer to Jesus (by uniting our suffering with His or recognizing that we may be chasing after the comfort provided by worldly things), it’s also possible that we can become so obsessed with our self-denial that we may lose sight of Him entirely.

Every day, our relationship with the Lord can do one of three things. It can grow stronger, it can weaken or it can stay the same. Our goal in Lent (and really throughout our life) is to grow closer to Jesus every day. Therefore, at the end of each day we should ask ourselves the following question:

“Have I grown closer to Jesus today?”

While it sounds like a simple question, it’s sometimes a difficult one to answer honestly. Therefore, I find it helpful to look at a series of practical questions which will help to assess our relationship with the Lord.

Was I grateful for everything that happened to me today (good and bad)?
Was I kind to everyone I met?
Did I love my enemies?
Did I speak to the Lord throughout the day?
Did I listen to Him speak to me (in silence, in the Bible, through the teachings of the Church)?
Were my actions a good example to others?
If I experienced any kind of suffering did I offer it up?
Did I thank Him for giving me another day?
Did I use my talents to serve Him (by doing the best I can in performing my duties)?
Did I ask for His help in overcoming my imperfections?
Did I tell the Lord that I loved Him?

Now, if you’re like me you probably answered “no” to some of these questions. Don’t panic. That’s what Lent is all about. Tell God you’re sorry and ask for the grace to do better tomorrow. If you’re honest with yourself and keep trying, you and the Lord will grow closer and you’ll be on the road to receiving the ultimate reward…

Life with him in Heaven!

If you’d like some help during Lent I invite you to join me in the Lenten Radio Retreat that I am leading on my nightly Internet Radio Show. Every Monday thru Friday for the duration of Lent, I’ll read an excerpt from Fr. Larry Richard’s book, “Surrender: The Life Changing Power Of Doing God’s Will“, read and discuss the daily Mass readings and share a series of short (but POWERFUL) meditations entitled “Lenten Lollipops” (from the book of the same name by Fr. Francis Boylan). You can find out more HERE.

Lent Doesn’t Have To Be Painful


 

Catholic Speaker Gary Zimak explains the meaning of Lent

I used to cringe every time Lent rolled around. Actually, I should qualify that statement. Once I started trying to become a better Catholic, I used to cringe every time Lent rolled around. Before that, I just ignored it. Sure, I gave up candy when I was a child, but I stopped doing that when I “grew up”. Eventually I realized my mistake and I learned to “pick up my cross” each Lent. I would generally give up my beloved desserts and it was PAINFUL! And that pain increased as the Lenten season progressed. It wouldn’t be unusual to find me at a convenience store drooling over the pastry display, counting the days until Easter! I know it sounds silly, but it’s a realistic look at my typical Lenten practice. I suspect you may be like me and have a similar story to share. Fortunately, I have good news for you. Lent doesn’t have to be painful!

Our main objective during Lent should be growing closer to Jesus. If we keep that in mind, any suffering that we endure will be outweighed by the sweetness of a close personal relationship with Christ. While there is always some pain involved when we give up something that we enjoy, that pain can be wiped away by the joy experienced when we are close to the Lord. During Lent, the Church encourages us to turn over a new leaf and to become better Christians. We are urged to repent, fast, pray and give alms. As a result, we move away from our sinful ways and grow closer to the Lord. I know that it sounds painful, but that’s the paradox of Christianity. If we are close to Jesus and cooperate with the grace that He gives us, our pain and suffering can be transformed into peace. That’s the effect of a personal encounter with the Lord!

I invite you to join me in the Lenten Radio Retreat that I am leading on my nightly Internet Radio Show. Every Monday thru Friday for the duration of Lent, I’ll read an excerpt from Fr. Larry Richard’s book, “Surrender: The Life Changing Power Of Doing God’s Will“, read and discuss the daily Mass readings and share a series of short (but POWERFUL) meditations entitled “Lenten Lollipops” (from the book of the same name by Fr. Francis Boylan).

Make no mistake about the fact that it won’t be all fun and games. We’ll look at our sinfulness, repent and fast. More importantly, however, we’ll work on growing closer to Jesus during this Lenten season. And that, my friends, will take the sting out of the process. None of us are guaranteed to have another Lent. Let’s make this one count. Together, we can take advantage of this opportunity to grow in holiness. Why not tune in to our Lenten Radio Retreat and give it a try?

“Make this Lent as if it were your first Lent, your last Lent; as if it were to be the only Lent in your lives.” (Fr. Francis Boylan, Lenten Lollipops)

Here’s One Of The Reasons I’m Grateful For My Struggle With Anxiety


 

Catholic Speaker Gary Zimak addressing the St. Maria Goretti Altar Rosary Society at the annual Ladies Candlelight Dinner in Carmel, Indiana

Here’s a nice article about yours truly written by Kevin Cullen for The Catholic Moment, the newspaper of the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana. Kevin was in attendance on the night that I spoke at the annual Saint Maria Goretti Ladies Candlelight Dinner and he did a great job covering the highlights of my talk. I have already heard from someone who wasn’t at the talk, but was comforted by the message in the article.

I am extremely grateful to be able to travel around the country sharing the “Good News” of Jesus Christ. I’m also grateful for my lifelong struggle with anxiety because it has brought me closer to Jesus and allows me to relate to and help my fellow “worriers”. While I was employed as a computer programmer, I never thought I would be working for the Lord on a full time basis. Now that I’m doing it, however, I can’t picture myself doing anything else!