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Great Advice From Mom…”Do Whatever He Tells You!”


 

Catholic Speaker, Author and Radio Host Gary Zimak reflects on his book about the Blessed Mother and her words in the Bible

For most of my life as a Catholic, I was confused about the role of Mary. While I accepted the fact that she was important to Catholics, I didn’t understand WHY she was important. That changed BIG TIME for me a few years ago when I finally saw the light and accepted her as my spiritual mother. As a result, my life changed drastically and she has brought me closer to Jesus than I ever thought possible. I’d like to tell you about my “Mom” by looking at what is recorded about her in the Bible. Her message is a powerful one. I think you should listen!

Here’s what other Catholic authors are saying about my book, Listen To Your Blessed Mother:

“Biblical, personal, engaging, and thought provoking are just a few words that come to mind when reading this wonderful book! The Virgin Mary truly is our BLESSED Mother, and listening to her words in Scripture can help us to become blessed, too. Gary Zimak has done a great service for both Catholics and non-Catholics in offering a book that unpacks the biblical words of Mary in a very conversational and easy-to-follow style. The reflection questions and points to ponder at the end of each section will be of great benefit to the reader, too! I highly recommend this book!”

(Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, STL, Author – Under the Mantle: Marian Thoughts from a 21st Century Priest)

“Listen to your Mother! How many times did we hear those words growing up? How many times did we roll our eyes and ignore the sage advice only to find out later on that Mom indeed did and does know best, especially our Blessed Mother. Now, straight from Scripture, Gary Zimak has given us even more reason to pay close attention to what our Mother, as in Mary has to say about living a grace filled life in this world so we can be with her and her son in the next. This book will definitely bring you closer to the heart of Christ through the Immaculate Heart of the Mother of God.”

(Teresa Tomeo,Syndicated Catholic Talk Show Host,Best Selling Catholic Author)

“In Listen to Your Blessed Mother, using Scripture and personal stories, author Gary Zimak takes us by the hand and unambiguously leads us to a greater appreciation of our Mother in heaven so that we might strive to imitate her virtues while allowing Mary to take us by the hand to her Son Jesus. Highly recommended!”

(Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, EWTN TV Host and author of sixteen Catholic books including The Miraculous Medal: Stories, Prayers, and Devotions)

“With candor and simplicity, Gary Zimak reveals the power of Mary’s words in Sacred Scripture. No matter where you are in your spiritual life — or in your relationship with the Blessed Mother — this book will help you find new meaning and guidance in her words: words that Zimak shows are applicable to any of the problems or decisions you face each day.”

(Vinny Flynn, Author of 7 Secrets of the Eucharist, 7 Secrets of Confession, and 21 Ways to Worship)

“When I was given an opportunity to review Listen to your Blessed Mother, I hesitated only because of the full plate I was dealing with at the time. When I finally dove into this wonderful book, I realized that Gary Zimak has written a beautiful love story about our Blessed Mother and one which needs to be shared with everyone. His description of his growing love of Mary from his childhood to the powerful impact her intercession has had on his life as an adult is riveting. His use of scripture about the Blessed Mother and the few words spoken by her helps the reader share in her life and purpose. The reflection questions at the end of each chapter challenge us to grasp the role of the Blessed Mother in our own lives. I strongly recommend this book!”

(Randy Hain, author of Along the Way: Lessons for an Authentic Journey of Faith and co-founder of Integrated Catholic Life eMagazine)

“Jesus is our brother, and so his Father is our Father, his mother is our mother. How sad that so few Christians know the perfect maternal love that God has given us in his family. Jesus tells us beloved disciples, ‘Behold your mother.’ What a sweet command! And Gary Zimak has made it sweeter still.”

(Mike Aquilina, EWTN host and author of more than 30 books on Catholic history, doctrine and devotion)

“Gary has given us great insights about our Blessed Mother Mary in Scripture which makes this not only a wonderful book for Catholics but also a great resource for evangelizing those outside the Church. This is definitely a book you can share with your evangelical friends to help them come to know and love our Mother Mary.”

(Gail Buckley, Founder & President. Catholic Scripture Study International)

“It’s such an obvious way to follow Jesus through Mary, that I’m surprised this book was not written before. While some think going directly to Jesus is the fastest and surest way, Gary shows us how wrong that thinking is. He shares his own zig-zag journey to Mary as a way to grow closer to Christ. Though Mary in the Bible, Gary helps us to relish her role in salvation history, reflect on her life, and embrace her love for us.”

(Patti Maguire Armstrong, award-winning author and managing editor and co-author of Ascension Press’s Amazing Grace Series)

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Want To Make This A Great Lent? Try This Challenge…


 

Catholic Speaker and author Gary Zimak discusses the importance of growing close to Jesus during Lent.

Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18)

As we approach the halfway point of Lent, I thought it would be a good idea to pose a question and to issue a challenge. Let’s begin with the question. Are you ready? Here goes…

Are you closer to Christ today than you were on Ash Wednesday?

Tricky, isn’t it? If I asked how you were making out with giving up sweets, coffee or Facebook you probably wouldn’t even have to think about it. On the other hand, trying to decide if you’re closer to Jesus than you were a few weeks ago can be challenging. In reality, however, that’s the point of Lent. If you abstained from candy for the entire forty days and ended up no closer to the Lord than when you started, you wasted your time. While fasting is an important part of the Lenten season, it is only part of the overall goal of growing closer to Jesus.

How can we tell if we are growing closer to Jesus? I recently wrote a blog about the topic which was also shared on the Catholic Stand website and linked to by the National Catholic Register. While I would strongly encourage you to read the entire article, I want to focus on my first question, which happens to be the subject for the challenge that I’m about to issue:

Was I grateful for everything that happened to me today (good and bad)?

If you find yourself cringing, don’t panic. That is a normal reaction. On the other hand, we shouldn’t be content with answering “no” to that question. If, for the remainder of Lent, we can make some progress in this area, there’s a very good chance that this could be our best Lent ever. Learning to be grateful for each day that the Lord gives us is a great way of expressing our love for Him. Put yourself in His shoes for a minute and think about what it would feel like to give someone a great gift and hear nothing but complaints. Every day that the Lord gives us is a gift. It is a chance to know, love and serve Him. It is a chance to gain merit and eventually live with Him in Heaven. Instead of being grateful, however, we complain…

It’s too hot.
It’s too cold.
My job is boring.
I’m tired.
I wish I had more money.
My coworkers are annoying.
If only I was better looking.
Everyone treats me unfairly.
My pastor’s homilies are too long.
My pastor’s homilies are too short.

You get the point, right? Now, here’s the challenge. Beginning on Friday, March 28, I challenge you to not complain about anything from the time you wake up until the time you go to sleep. No negative words, no negative thoughts. If something unpleasant happens to you, make it a point to thank the Lord for allowing it to happen.

What do you think? Are you ready to fast from complaining for one day? I know it will be difficult and many of us will slip up, but there is much to be gained from this sacrifice. If you can’t decide whether or not to participate, here’s something that might help. On the night before He died, Jesus suffered tremendously in the garden. One of the greatest sources of His suffering was the knowledge of all the sins that would be committed by each one of us. Yes, Jesus is God and He knew every sin that you and I would ever commit and it caused Him a great deal of anguish. On the other hand, He also saw every sacrifice and act of love that we would perform until the end of time. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that we were able to ease Jesus’ suffering a bit? Every time we refrain from complaining we do just that.

If you make it through one day without complaining (or maybe complaining a little bit less than normal), the possibilities are endless. How about two, three, four or more days? How about a month, six months or several years. This simple act of self-denial could change your life and the lives of those around us.

I’m going to try it. How about you?

“Living joyful, trustful acceptance isn’t complicated. One simply offers himself to God with confidence and then accepts everything with praise and thanksgiving, seeing all as coming from God’s loving, fatherly hands.” (Fr. Michael Gaitley, Consoling The Heart of Jesus, pg. 96)

Think You’re Doing Well This Lent? Here’s A Challenge…


 

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak reveals the details of his Lenten challenge on his nightly radio show.

How is your Lent going so far? Have you grown closer to Christ? Are you sure?

On Monday, March 24, on my Following The Truth radio show, I will reveal the details of my 24 hour Lenten challenge. While it doesn’t involve fasting from food, money or social media, it will be challenging. In fact, it may be the most challenging fast you’ve ever undertaken. It will also be the most productive.

Think you’re doing well this Lent? Tune in on Monday at 8 PM Eastern and we’ll see…

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!