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How To Become Friends With Jesus In 10 Easy Steps!

 

Find A Real Friend in Jesus is the latest book from Catholic speaker Gary Zimak.

“As you turn each page, you can almost feel Jesus wrap his arms of loving mercy and compassion around you. If you are seeking deeper intimacy and union with Christ in a simple yet powerful way, Find a Real Friend in Jesus will be your ‘go to’ resource.”

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers
Author, Behold the Man: A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality

If you are looking for practical advice on how to become better friends with Jesus Christ, my new book Find A Real Friend In Jesus can help. After struggling with the concept for many years, I have discovered the secret. Not only is it possible to become friends with Jesus, but it’s amazingly easy!

Find a Real Friend in Jesus: Ten Amazingly Easy Steps will be released on February 26, 2016, but you can preorder now from Amazon by clicking on the following image.

It’s Time For The Saint Andrew Novena!

 

One of my favorite devotions, The Saint Andrew Novena, begins on Monday (November 30)! It is piously believed that whoever recites this prayer fifteen times a day from the Feast of Saint Andrew (November 30) until Christmas will obtain what is asked. Does this mean that God will give you anything, even something that may be harmful to you spiritually? Fortunately, no! However, I have received miraculous favors since I started praying this novena a few years ago and I believe in its power.

Here’s EWTN’s Fr. Joseph Mary speaking about his personal experience with the St. Andrew Novena:

Here is the novena prayer:

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.

We’ll be praying this novena every night until Christmas on The Gary Zimak Show on Blogtalkradio. In addition to the spiritual benefits, it’s a GREAT way to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. Why not give it a try?

Packing My Bags And Heading To Louisiana!

 

Gary Zimak, the leading Catholic speaker on overcoming anxiety, will be revealing the secret of happiness in New Orleans in November!

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak will be leading a parish mission at Saint Peter's Church in Louisiana.

Make Your Total Consecration Now!

 

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak leads his listeners through Total Consecration

Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary is a life changing experience that is becoming increasingly popular. Since first consecrating my life in October 2011, I have led approximately 3,000 individuals through the process on my nightly radio show. Total Consecration preparation has become an annual Fall event on The Gary Zimak Show. Due to popular demand, I am consolidating all of this year’s preparation podcasts into one place. If you would like to go through the 33 day preparation using 33 Days To Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley, the show links appear below. In addition to Fr. Gaitley’s material, I offer comments and advice that I have learned from my experience. Each day is clearly labeled. I have also included my introductory programs and follow up shows. Feel free to email me if you have any questions

Get ready for an exciting adventure. Mary is waiting for your permission to do great things in your life. She will lead you closer to Jesus than you ever thought possible!

To obtain copies of the book or learn more about Total Consecration (such as a list of recommended starting dates), visit the MyConsecration.org website.

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10 Great Tips To Help You PRAY (not just SAY) The Rosary!

 

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

Since October is the month dedicated to the rosary, I thought it would be appropriate to revisit a topic I addressed several years ago. If you one of the many individuals who struggle with the rosary, these thoughts may help…

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak offers 10 tips for praying the rosary

I’ve always found praying the Rosary to be difficult. Although I love the Blessed Mother and understand the importance of the devotion, it just doesn’t come easy to me. In reality, I have no problem SAYING the prayers, the problem arises in transforming the words into a heartfelt prayer. Furthermore, many books tell us how to SAY to Rosary, with only a few instructing us how we should PRAY it. In an attempt to discover the “secret” of this beloved prayer, I’ve done a lot of research and uncovered 10 great (I can say that in all humility because they’re not mine!) tips to help you PRAY (not just SAY) the Rosary!

1. Less Is More – In his book, The Rosary of Our Lady, Msgr. Romano Guardini offers the following advice:

“It is not necessary to ramble through the whole Rosary; it is better to say only one or two decades, and to say them right.”

Talk about removing the pressure! I’ve always struggled to make sure I complete the entire Rosary, even if it meant that I wasn’t paying attention. Now I realize that quality is more important than quantity.

2. You Are Not Alone – A great proponent of Marian devotion, St. Louis de Montfort urges us to be aware of our company while praying the rosary. In The Secret of the Rosary, Montfort reminds us that, when we pray the Rosary, we should put ourselves in God’s presence and imagine that He (along with the Blessed Mother) is watching us and that our guardian angel is standing to our right. If we say the prayers well, our angel will use them to make crowns for Jesus and Mary. Thinking about this before beginning to pray helps us to realize that we are doing A LOT more than just repeating pious words!

3. Watch What You Say – St. Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei, contributes a simple, but often overlooked suggestion. He encourages us to pronounce each Our Father and Hail Mary clearly and without rushing. In doing so, we will better express our love for Mary and Jesus. When praying the Rosary, it’s easy to fall into the trap of mumbling and our rushing through the prayers. Remembering that the Our Father was handed down to us from Jesus and that most of the Hail Mary is taken directly from Scripture should help us to recall that the words DO mean something!

4. Been There, Done That – When we look at Mary’s life, we sometimes overlook her many struggles. Like us, Mary was forced to endure suffering and difficulties, often without a lot of explanation. Being the Mother of God didn’t make her all knowing. The Bible tells us that Mary experienced confusion and had to seek understanding through prayer. In her book, The Splendor of the Rosary, Maisie Ward (Catholic author, publisher and wife of noted apologist Frank Sheed) stated:

“In the Rosary we rejoice, sorrow and triumph with Our Lady as she walks the same path we have to walk. But now she has reached the end.”

When we pray the Rosary, we should remember that Mary understands our problems and confusion. By meditating on the events in her life and the life of her Son, we can obtain help for our daily struggles from someone who is now in a place where we’d like to someday be!

5. Listen To The Word – In his Apostolic Letter, Rosarium Virginis Mariae (On The Most Holy Rosary), Saint John Paul II recommends that we supplement our Rosary meditations with Bible reading. After announcing the individual mystery, the late Holy Father encourages us to read an appropriate Bible passage. While this is not always possible (if we are praying while walking or driving, for instance), we can still mentally recall the details of an appropriate Bible story. This underscores the importance of becoming familiar with Sacred Scripture.

6. Savor The Repetition – Sometimes it feels as if praying the Rosary is just “repeating a bunch of words”! In fact, one of the criticisms of the Rosary is that it is nothing more than “vain repetition”. In his book, The World’s First Love: Mary, Mother of God, Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen addresses those who consider the rosary to be monotonous. Using the analogy of a husband telling his wife “I love you” or a mother proclaiming “you’re a good boy” to her child, Sheen stresses that the words mean something different at each point in time that they are repeated. In the same way, each time we pray the Rosary, we are saying “I love you” to God, the Trinity, to Jesus and to Mary. With each successive bead (or decade) the meaning shifts as we contemplate a new aspect of Jesus or Mary’s love.

7. Do Whatever He Tells You – Praying the Rosary, no matter how devoutly, is never a substitute for following the commands of Jesus and His Church. The Rosary should spur us on to live the mysteries in our daily life. In his book, The Sermons of St. Francis de Sales on Our Lady, St. Francis de Sales had this to say:

“The worldly-minded imagine that devotion to Our Lady usually consists in carrying a rosary in their cincture. It seems to them that it is enough to pray it a number of times without doing anything else. In this they are greatly mistaken. For our dear Mistress wants us to do what her Son commands us (John 2:5) and considers as done to herself the honor we give to her Son by keeping His commandments.”

8. Think – In the preface of Father Peyton’s Rosary Prayer Book: The Family That Prays Together Stays Together, Fr. Patrick Peyton reminds us that the Rosary is more than a series of prayers to be recited. Rather, it is “a series of thoughts to be dwelt on, to be turned over in the mind, to be applied in daily life.” While we are saying the words of the prayers, we should be meditating upon the mysteries. That was a hard concept for me to understand, but it’s the key to unleashing the power of the Rosary.

9. Grow In Virtue
– Mother Angelica loves the Rosary. In her book, The Prayers and Personal Devotions of Mother Angelica, she discusses how to use the Rosary to grow in virtue:

“If you’re not making progress in one virtue, say your Rosary and meditate on that virtue as Our Lord practiced it. I cannot get over my faults and weaknesses if I don’t substitute those faults and weaknesses for something of God. This is precisely why the life of Jesus and the reading of Scripture and the rosary never seem to change us – why we remain the same: Because to change you need to admire someone other than yourself.”

10. Ask Mary For Help – This one’s so obvious that it’s easy to overlook! This simple, but powerful suggestion comes from a list (Tips On Praying The Rosary More Devoutly) put together by The Association of the Miraculous Medal in Perryville, MO. Before beginning the Rosary, we should ask Our Blessed Mother to help us pray devoutly.

Although the Rosary follows a simple pattern, it can be a very challenging prayer to master. Rest assured that many of the Saints struggled with it too. If you find it difficult to pray the Rosary, try out these tips and see what happens. It might take a little time, but eventually your persistence will pay off. The next time you pick up your rosary beads, imagine that you’re holding Mary’s hand and taking a trip to visit Jesus. For when we pray the Rosary, that’s exactly what happens!

“The Rosary is the most beautiful and the most rich in graces of all prayers; it is the prayer that touches most the Heart of the Mother of God…and if you wish peace to reign in your homes, recite the family Rosary.” (Pope Saint Pius X)

Looking For Recordings Of My Talks? Here’s Some Good News…

 

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

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak is now offering several of his most popular talks on CD and MP3.

“Gary, are any of your live talks available on CD?”

Over the years, I have heard that question many times. Well, I am pleased to announce that I can finally answer, “Yes”! For the first time, several of my live talks are now available (for immediate shipping) on CD and MP3 download.

Thanks to a partnership with James Louviere and Champions Of The Truth, you can now purchase recordings of some of my most popular talks including:

From Fear To Faith (Overcoming Anxiety With The Help Of Christ)

Getting Personal With Jesus (Practical Suggestions For Growing Closer To The Lord)

You Can’t Walk On Water If You’re Sitting In The Boat (Overcome Your Fear And Let God Do Great Things)

What Does God Want Me To Do? (How To Discern God’s Will)

What If Mary Said “No”? (A Look At Mary’s Amazing Faith)

All of these recordings are in stock and available for immediate shipping. Click HERE To find out more about each of the talks or to place an order.

Gary Zimak is the author of “Faith, Hope & Clarity: How To Know God’s Will”, “A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible”, “Listen To Your Blessed Mother”, and “From Fear To Faith”. He is a frequent speaker and retreat leader at parishes and conferences across the United States and Canada, has an international radio following and is recognized as the leading Catholic speaker on the topic of overcoming anxiety. In addition to hosting his own daily radio show on BlogTalkRadio, Gary is a regular guest on EWTN television and radio.

Pray, Hope & Don’t Worry Retreat A Big Success!

 

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

Catholic speaker, author and retreat leader Gary Zimak recently led a Pray, Hope and Don't Worry retreat at the Malvern Retreat House

“Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled.” (John 14:1)

On August 14 – 16, I had the pleasure of leading the first ever Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry retreat at the Malvern Retreat House in the Philadelphia suburbs. We had over 50 individuals who came from all over the country to spend 3 days moving away from anxiety and closer to Jesus. It was an amazing weekend and provided us with the opportunity to withdraw from the craziness of the world and spend time in the presence of Our Lord. As I have discovered in my own life, spending time with Jesus (through prayer, Scripture and the Sacraments) is the best way to stop worrying and experience peace.

In case you missed the retreat, all of my talks (a total of five) will soon be available on CD and MP3 download. In the very near future, I’ll be announcing how you can purchase them.

Want some even better news? Because this retreat was such a success, I have been invited by Malvern to lead it again in the Summer of 2016! I’ll announce the date once it’s finalized, so stay tuned for more information!

Gary Zimak is the author of “Faith, Hope & Clarity: How To Know God’s Will”, “A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible”, “Listen To Your Blessed Mother”, and “From Fear To Faith”. He is a frequent speaker and retreat leader at parishes and conferences across the United States and Canada, has an international radio following and is recognized as the leading Catholic speaker on the topic of overcoming anxiety. In addition to hosting his own daily radio show on BlogTalkRadio, Gary is a regular guest on EWTN television and radio.

Get Ready For Total Consecration 2015!

 

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

Would you like to grow closer to Jesus?

Could you use some help?

Do you wish to become a saint one day?

Beginning on September 4th, I’ll once again be leading Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary on my daily BlogTalkRadio show. This year, we’ll be using the acclaimed book 33 Days To Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley as the basis for our 33 day preparation. Even better is that you can order a discounted copy of the book (US or Canada only) from our friends at the Children of the Father Foundation!

What exactly is Total (or Marian) consecration? According to Fr. Gaitley, Marian consecration means “giving Mary our full permission to complete her motherly task in us, which is to form us into other Christs”. The preparation period will involve 33 days of meditation and prayer, based on the spirituality of St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximillian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa and Blessed Pope John Paul II. After making our way through the preparation phase we will then make (or renew) or Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary on October 7th, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.

Why should you consecrate your life to Jesus through Mary? Here are a few reasons…

“The more we honor the Blessed Virgin, the more we honor Jesus Christ, because we honor Mary only that we may 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.” (Saint Louis de Montfort)

“There is no surer or easier way than Mary in uniting all men with Christ.” (Pope St. Pius X)

“We are convinced without any doubt that devotion to Our Lady is essentially joined with devotion to Christ.” (Pope Paul VI)

“If you want to grow in perfection, you cannot advance by yourselves – you need a guide. Hence, when you go to God, go through Mary and with Mary !” (Saint Maximilian Kolbe)

Interested? Want to find out more? You can sign up in 3 easy steps. Here’s how:

STEP 1 (Sign Up)

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 discounted copy of 33 Days To Morning Glory)

My friends at the Children of the Father Foundation are offering copies of “33 Days To Morning Glory” (booklet form) for a donation of $4 each. To receive your booklet, simply visit their website and place your order. Although we work closely with each other, the Children of the Father Foundation and Following The Truth are 2 separate apostolates. Therefore, you must contact them with any questions about your booklet orders. Please note that the offer is only valid for residents of the US or Canada.

STEP 3 (Tune in to The Gary Zimak Show on BlogTalkRadio beginning on September 3)

Although the actual 33 day preparation period begins on Friday, September 4th, I’ll spend Thursday 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 4 years and I’m looking for another big year in 2015. 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!

Jesus Christ Never Changes!

 

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak reminds us that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever

Are you facing a difficult problem?

Are you losing hope?

Do you feel as if you have no place to turn?

Are you searching for peace?

Do you need a miracle?

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrew 13:8)

The same Jesus who cured the sick, changed the water into wine, walked on the water, raised the dead and ascended into Heaven two thousand years ago still exists today.

Saint Teresa of Avila once heard someone say: “If only I had lived at the time of Jesus… If only I had seen Jesus… If only I had talked with Jesus…”

She replied, “But do we not have in the Eucharist the living, true and real Jesus present before us? Why look for more?”

Not only can we turn to Him in prayer, but we can receive Him in the Eucharist. We can visit Him in churches and adoration chapels around the world. Best of all, we can allow Him to work miracles in our lives. The Lord may look a little different, but make no mistake that He’s still the same as the man we read about in the gospels.

The only person that can keep you from a close, personal relationship with Jesus Christ is YOU! Don’t let that happen. He is knocking on the door of your heart. Open the door and let Him in. You’ll never regret it!

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)

Gary Zimak is the author of “Faith, Hope & Clarity: How To Know God’s Will”, “A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible”, “Listen To Your Blessed Mother”, and “From Fear To Faith”. He is a frequent speaker at parishes and conferences across the United States and Canada, has an international radio following and is recognized as the leading Catholic speaker on the topic of overcoming anxiety. In addition to hosting his own daily radio show on BlogTalkRadio, Gary is a regular guest on EWTN television and radio.

Heading To Alabama To Talk About The Blessed Mother!

 

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak will be discussing Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary in Birmingham, Alabama

If you’re in the Birmingham, AL area I hope you can join me on Wednesday, August 19 at Our Lady Of Sorrows parish. I’ll be speaking about the power of Marian Consecration. On October 7, 2011 I consecrated my life to Jesus through Mary and the results have been amazing. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Please join us for this special evening if you can. You won’t regret it!

Also, on September 4, I’ll once be leading the 33 day preparation for Total Consecration on my nightly BlogTalkRadio show. This is the fifth consecutive year that we’ve done it and I’d love you to join us. Stay tuned for details!

Gary Zimak is the author of “Faith, Hope & Clarity: How To Know God’s Will”, “A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible”, “Listen To Your Blessed Mother”, and “From Fear To Faith”. He is a frequent speaker at parishes and conferences across the United States and Canada, has an international radio following and is recognized as the leading Catholic speaker on the topic of overcoming anxiety. In addition to hosting his own daily radio show on BlogTalkRadio, Gary is a regular guest on EWTN television and radio.