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Announcement Number One – Wake Up With Gary Zimak!


Catholic Speaker and author Gary Zimak will be a weekly guest on Catholic Community Radio in Baton Rouge

As promised, here is the first of four special announcements…

Beginning on January 5, I will be joining the Wake Up! crew at Catholic Community Radio in Baton Rouge for a weekly “Be Not Afraid” segment. Each Monday at 7:35 AM Central, I’ll be presenting a Bible verse or inspirational quote which will focus on overcoming anxiety. You can listen live online at the Catholic Community Radio website and I also plan to post podcasts of the segments. Y’all grab a cup of coffee or a bowl of gumbo and I’ll see you on Monday, Jan 5th!

Announcement Two will be coming tomorrow!

4 Announcements Coming Soon…Stay Tuned!


Beginning later today, I’ll be making the first of four announcements. Each of these announcements involves a new outreach for my apostolate. Although I didn’t plan it this way, each of these new endeavors will begin in January. Stay tuned!

Talking About Mary On Catholic Community Radio


Catholic Speaker Gary Zimak on the Wake Up show on Catholic Community Radio

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Wake Up! program in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Each morning Jeff Blackwell, Johnny Hebert and Karen Hornsby do a great job providing a dose of news, faith and fun. Today (direct from my home in New Jersey) I was able to join my friends in Louisiana to discuss the Blessed Mother. Our topic was “What If Mary Said, ‘No’?” and you can listen to the segment here.

Stay tuned, because I’m about to announce some very exciting news about something that I’ll be working on with the Wake Up crew. I think you’ll be pleased!

My Journey Home


Catholic Speaker Gary Zimak discusses his conversion with Marcus Grodi on The Journey Home on EWTN TV

Yesterday I had the great pleasure to film an episode of EWTN’s The Journey Home with Marcus Grodi. Even though I am a cradle Catholic and never stopped going to Mass on Sundays, I was completely lost for many years. I didn’t know Jesus personally and was miserable. What changed, you may ask? It wasn’t the Lord, because He was always calling me. Rather, it was me who changed.

Due to a variety of problems and situations that developed over the course of forty years, I finally started paying attention and responded to the Lord’s offer of friendship. I revealed lots of details in this sixty minute interview that I’ve never discussed publicly in the past.

Tentatively, the show is scheduled to air on January 26, 2015. I hope you’ll be able to tune in. I’d love to share with you the story of how I got to know Jesus.

The Advent Radio Retreat Begins On Monday…Are You Ready?


Catholic Speaker and Author Gary Zimak is preparing to host his annual Advent Radio Retreat

Jesus said to his disciples: “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:34-36)

Are you ready to meet Jesus? Not only when He comes again in glory, not only at the end of your life, but TODAY? Advent is a time of preparation. It is a chance to do some housecleaning so that we’re ready to open the door when Jesus comes to visit. On Monday (December 1), I’ll once again be leading my annual Advent Radio Retreat on The Gary Zimak Show on BlogTalkRadio. There is no cost, nothing to buy, only takes 30 minutes a night, and you don’t even have to leave your home!

The world tells you that you have to start preparing for Christmas by shopping, partying, cleaning and baking. The Church reminds us that we also need to prepare for Jesus. I know it’s difficult, but time spent with the Lord is never wasted. I hope you’ll be able to join me on Monday at 8 PM and I’ll even save a chair for you. You can listen to the show by visiting my BlogTalkRadio page or my website.

Could this be your last Advent? Maybe, or maybe not. If you treat it like it is, you have nothing to lose!

What If This Is Your Last Advent?


Catholic speaker, author and radio host Gary Zimak announces the Following The Truth Advent Radio Retreat

Whether we like it or not, one of these Advents seasons will be our last. Could it be this year?

The Church teaches that Advent “makes present the ancient expectancy of the Messiah” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 523), but for many of us Advent gets lost in the shuffle as we prepare for Christmas. When was the last time you made use of the four weeks of Advent to prepare to welcome Christ more deeply into your life? If you’re like most people, you’re probably way too busy baking, shopping and running around to focus on spiritual matters during the Advent season. But what if this year is your last Advent on earth? Are you prepared to tell the Lord that you had more important things to do than spending some time trying to get to know Him better?

Beginning on December 1 at 8 PM Eastern on The Gary Zimak Show on BlogTalkRadio, I will be leading an Advent Radio Retreat. Every Monday-Friday for 30 minutes, we’ll look at Scripture and discuss ways to better prepare to welcome the Savior more deeply into our lives. In addition to Biblical readings, I’ll be using some rare material from out of print books all designed to bring you and Christ closer together. Simply put, there is no other Catholic radio show that will present a retreat like this. Best of all, there is no cost, you don’t have to purchase any books and you won’t even have to leave your home!

Want to learn more? Tune in tonight (Monday, November 10) at 8 PM Eastern as I discuss more about our Advent Radio Retreat. If you miss the live broadcast, you can listen to the archived podcast (after the show airs) by clicking here.

How important is it for you to grow closer to Christ this Advent? Are you willing to invest 30 minutes a night? I look forward to you being a part of this retreat. Please share the invitation with your friends and email me with any questions.

God Bless,

Are you looking for a speaker for Lent of 2015? I still have a limited number of dates available and I would be honored to speak at your parish or conference. Please contact me ASAP to inquire about availability. In addition to my new Give Up Worrying For Lent talk, a list of my most popular topics can be found here.

Are You Worried That The World Is Falling Apart? Here Are 5 Bible Verses You Should Know…


Catholic Speaker and author Gary Zimak discusses 5 Bible verses for those who are worried about the world

Let’s be honest…there are some frightening things going on in the world. Every day we are bombarded with news about Ebola, Isis, financial uncertainty, data breaches and many other threats. While it’s not necessarily a bad thing, advanced technology now makes it possible for weather forecasters to alert us to the possibility of tornadoes and hurricanes. In the same way, the popularity of the Internet makes it difficult to escape from “bad news”. It often seems like there is no place to hide. As soon as we wake up in the morning, we are deluged with troublesome news. When we couple that with our family, job and personal concerns it’s easy to see why worrying has become an epidemic.

As someone who has always tended to be anxious and the author of A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible and From Fear To Faith, I get it…I really do. It’s understandable that so many people worry. Fortunately, I’ve discovered that with the Lord’s help and a little effort on our part, we can experience peace even as the world around us seems to be falling apart. The good news is that God is still in charge and that nothing that happens surprises Him. If you’re worried about the state of the world, here are 5 Bible verses that you need to know. While the messages contained in these verses may seem simple, remember that they aren’t being expressed by “just another person”. These are God’s words and they are addressed to you. Take them seriously!

1. “I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) – Jesus never said that we wouldn’t have problems, but He did tell us that He is bigger than any catastrophe or threat that could occur in the world. He also assures us that we can experience peace if we stay close to Him. That’s a very nice promise.

2. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though it’s waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. (Psalm 46:1-3) – This is a great prayer for those times when you feel overwhelmed. It might not feel like it, but the Lord is always in control.

3. “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” (Matthew 8:25) – Even though Jesus was in the boat with the disciples during the storm at sea, they panicked because he was asleep. With these words, they woke the Lord up and He calmed the seas. Instead of worrying, try using these words the next time you feel like the world is falling apart. Jesus loves it when we turn to Him when we’re afraid!

4. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7) - What makes this passage so amazing is that it was written by St. Paul while he was in prison. Have no anxiety? Pray with thanksgiving? You’ll receive peace? Pretty convincing advice coming from someone who is sitting in a jail cell! Although Paul wrote these words, he was inspired by the Holy Spirit. This is God’s message to you. It’s one that should be read often.

5. “I am with you always, to the close of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) – The final verse of Matthew’s gospel assures us that Jesus will never leave us. Unfortunately, we sometimes forget to turn to Him when we are anxious and troubled. Even though the world seems crazy, Jesus is right next to you. That makes me feel good. How about you?

So what do you think? After reading these Bible passages, do you feel a little better? I’m guessing that you do. While there are many similar messages contained in the pages of Sacred Scripture, these passages give us a good starting point. Pull out your Bible, highlight them and make it a point to read them the next time you begin to panic about what’s going on in the world. The more you get used to hearing God speak to you through the Bible, the less you’re going to be overcome with fear about Isis, Ebola and financial uncertainty. Instead you’ll be hearing another message, one which we should never forget…

“Do not be afraid!” (Matthew 28:10)

Here’s Proof That When We Ask, God Answers!


Catholic speaker Gary Zimak discusses how God answers our requests

Earlier today on my weekly “Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled” segment on EWTN Radio’s Son Rise Morning Show, I discussed a powerful Bible verse. What I love about this verse is that it’s very simple, but contains an incredibly important message:

“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things which you have not known.” (Jeremiah 33:3)

Don’t make the mistake of dismissing the Lord’s words as fluff or just something addressed to a particular person in a specific situation thousands of years ago. These words are addressed to you! God is assuring you that if you ask Him a question, you will receive an answer. Every day I’m faced with a series of decisions that I have to make. Some are trivial, but some are important – especially in God’s eyes. How do I know what He wants me to do? These words are proof that if I ask for help, He will respond. But what about those times when He seems to be silent? You know as well as I do that there are times when the Lord doesn’t seem to respond to our cries for help. Is He really ignoring us or are we not listening?

The prophet Jeremiah did not have it easy. In fact, when the Lord spoke the above words to Jeremiah, he was sitting in prison! King Zedekiah didn’t like one of the prophet’s previous messages (given to him directly by the Lord) and decided to throw him in jail. While that appears to be a nasty outcome for Jeremiah, it actually made it easier for him to hear God speak. When you’re in jail, you have a lot more time to hear the Lord’s voice and you’re anxious to do so! What’s the lesson for us? If you want to hear God speak to you, make sure you spend time listening. As Fr. Larry Richard’s so “eloquently” puts it, “Shut up and listen!” We’re never going to hear the Lord speak unless we give Him a chance.

While there’s much more that I can say about this topic (and I will soon…see below), here’s the message we can take away from the Lord’s words to Jeremiah (and to us):

1. If you want to know what God wants you to do in a given situation, ask Him. He will answer!

2. Give Him a chance to respond by spending time in silent prayer (in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, if possible).

3. If you don’t hear anything, be patient. He may not want you to do anything right now.

4. Keep asking Him for direction. The Lord likes us to stay in contact with Him and often helps us to remain engaged.

5. If God wants you to do something, He will eventually let you know what it is. Don’t get frustrated. As much as it drives us crazy, “with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” (2 Peter 3:8)

I’ll have much more advice about this topic in my new book Faith, Hope and Clarity: How To Know God’s Will (coming in May, 2015). Click HERE for more information or to pre-order.

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!