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Get Ready For Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary!


 

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

It’s that time of the year again!

Beginning on September 1, 2014, I will once again be leading the 33 day preparation for Total Consecration To Jesus through Mary on my nightly BlogTalkRadio show. This is the fourth consecutive year that I’ve been leading this devotion and I expect it to be our best year ever. Over the past three years, we have helped over 2,000 individuals consecrate their lives in this manner and many lives (including my own) have been completely transformed!

What is Total Consecration? Our friends at the My Consecration apostolate have put together a short video explaining the details:

Interested? Want to find out more? Here’s all you have to do:

STEP 1 – Sign up. (NOTE: If you are already on my email mailing list, you can skip this step)

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 FREE copy of Consecration To Jesus Through Mary.

My dear friends at the My Consecration apostolate are offering a free Total Consecration kit, which includes a copy of the book “Consecration To Jesus Through Mary”. To receive your kit, simply click HERE and register. This will provide you with the materials that you need to participate in Total Consecration. Although we work closely with each other, My Consecration and Following The Truth are 2 separate apostolates. Therefore, you also need to register with them in order to receive your free book. Please note that the offer of a free kit applies only to residents of the US or Canada. While MyConsecration.org provides their materials free of charge, I would encourage you to make a donation to their apostolate if you are able to do so.

STEP 3 – Tune in to the Following The Truth radio program at 8 PM Eastern on September 1)

Although the actual 33 day preparation period begins on Thursday, September 4th, I’ll spend the first three days 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 3 years and I’m looking for another big year in 2014. 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. Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have.

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

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)

ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!!!

Fr. Michael Gaitley LIVE On Following The Truth!


 

As we (all 1,400 of us!) head into the FINAL week of our 33 day Total Consecration retreat, I’m pleased to announce that Fr. Michael Gaitley (the author of 33 Days To Morning Glory) will be visiting the Following The Truth radio show TONIGHT (October 2nd) at 8 PM Eastern! Father Gaitley will spend 30 minutes with us, answering questions about Total Consecration and offering encouragement as we head into the final 5 days of our retreat. You can listen to the program (live, or by downloading the podcast after it airs) HERE.

Please let your friends know about this exciting opportunity to hear one of the foremost proponents of Marian Consecration. Even if you’re not making your Total Consecration, this is a great chance to learn more about a devotion that was very important to Blessed (soon to be Saint) Pope John Paul II, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, St. Maximilian Kolbe and many others. In his charismatic and “down to earth” style, Fr. Gaitley will help us understand the importance of accepting Mary as our spiritual mother and how she can draw us closer to Jesus!

To Jesus Through Mary!

Total Consecration Begins TODAY!


 

The day has arrived! Beginning today, I’ll be leading 1,300 participants (you read that correctly…a new record!) through the preparation for Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary on my daily BlogTalkRadio show. As most of you know, I’ll be using the acclaimed book 33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat In Preparation for Marian Consecration by Fr. Michael Gaitley as the basis for our 33 day preparation. If you haven’t already done so, please visit the My Consecration website to order your FREE Total Consecration kit, which includes a copy of the book that we’ll be using. Obviously, if you’re ordering the book now you won’t receive it in time to begin our preparation, but don’t panic. Although it’s recommended that you have a copy of the book, it’s not mandatory. I will be reading the daily material on my radio show, so you can just listen along.

If you haven’t yet signed up for our email mailing list, you can do so HERE. Signing up for the list will ensure that you get my weekly email summaries. I’ll also use these emails to address common questions or areas of confusion. Rest assured that I will not share your email address with anyone.

What Is Total 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.

Got Questions?
As we journey through the 33 day preparation process, I encourage you to email me with ANY questions or concerns that you may have. We are on this journey together and I am available seven days a week to assist you in any way I can. My ministry is a full time occupation and I am honored to help you in any way I can. Since we have such a large number of participants, however, I will be dealing with numerous email requests. I ask for your patience, as it may take a day or two to respond to you questions.

How Can I Listen To Your Radio Show?
The Following The Truth Radio Show airs Monday – Friday at 8 PM Eastern and (for the duration of the Total Consecration preparation period) every Saturday – Sunday at 2 PM Eastern. You can also listen to or download the podcast from the BlogTalkRadio archives (immediately after the program airs) or from iTunes (the day after the program airs). To listen to the nightly show or download the podcasts, visit the Following TheTruth BlogTalkRadio page. Additionally, you can listen to the last 5 podcasts directly from my website.

How Does The Retreat Work?
The format of the retreat is simple. Each day, I’ll present the daily material during the first 30 minutes of my radio show. During the second half of the show, I’ll read and discuss the daily Mass readings as well as various Marian topics. Although I’d strongly encourage you to listen to the entire program (because I’ll tie the readings to the daily Consecration material), I’m placing the Total Consecration material at the beginning for the sake of those who don’t have the time to listen to the entire show.

Need More Information?
For the past 2 days, I have devoted my entire 60 minute show to the subject of Total Consecration. On Monday’s show (click HERE to listen), I explained more about Total Consecration. On Tuesday’s show (click HERE to listen), I discussed common questions and pitfalls associated with the process. I strongly recommend that you listen to those podcasts for more information.

An Hour With Father Donald Calloway


 

On Wednesday, August 28, Fr. Donald Calloway will be visiting the Following The Truth radio show for the entire hour! We’ll chat about his best selling book Under The Mantle (Marian Thoughts From A 21st Century Priest) and get his insight as to where Mary fits into our lives as Catholics. As we get set to begin our 33 day preparation for Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, tune in as we explore Marian devotion from someone who knows!

Listen to the show HERE.

Looking For A Life Changing Experience? Try Total Consecration!


 

The word “life changing” gets used quite a bit these days. As one would expect, it relates to an experience that changes one’s life. There are different degrees of such experiences, however, some of which are more important than others. As Christians, the ultimate life changing experience is one that will bring us closer to the Lord and help us to get to Heaven. It doesn’t get more important than that! Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary (popularized by St. Louis de Montfort in the 18th century) is such an experience. It WILL change your life!

Beginning on September 4th, I’ll once again be leading Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary on my daily BlogTalkRadio show. This year, I’m thrilled that 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 FREE copy of the book (if you live in the US or Canada)!

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)

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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IMPORTANT NOTE: At the present time, there are several people who have not completed the signup process by opening the email (and clicking on the link) that gets sent to you once you sign up. Please check your inbox (and your spam or bulk folder) and look for this email. If you do not complete this process, you will not receive any future emails that I send. If you cannot locate the confirmation email, please email me and I’ll help you correct the problem.

STEP 2 (Get your FREE copy of 33 Days To Morning Glory)

My dear friends at the My Consecration apostolate are offering a free Total Consecration kit, which includes a copy of “33 Days To Morning Glory”. To receive your kit, simply visit their website and register. This will provide you with the materials that you need to participate in Total Consecration. Although we work closely with each other, My Consecration and Following The Truth are 2 separate apostolates. Therefore, you also need to register with them in order to receive your free book. Please note that the offer of a free kit applies only to residents of the US or Canada.

STEP 3 (Tune in to the Following The Truth radio program beginning on September 2)

Although the actual 33 day preparation period begins on Wednesday, September 4th, I’ll spend the Monday and Tuesday of that week discussing Total Consecration and providing more information about the process. I’ve led over 1,000 people through Total Consecration over the past 2 years and I’m looking for another big year in 2013. 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!

Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle on “Listen To Your Blessed Mother”


 

“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)

Order your copy today and receive a limited time 25% discount!

Listen To Your Blessed Mother Is Now Available!


 

This is a big week for me. On August 7th, I’ll be heading to the Catholic Marketing Network’s annual trade show. This year the show will take place in Somerset, NJ and I’ll be joining a “who’s who” of prominent Catholic authors and personalities as we come together to showcase our latest works. It will be a big thrill to officially debut my latest book, Listen To Your Blessed Mother, and to meet many of the retailers who will be carrying the book.

While at the trade show, I’ll be making several appearances (in person and on the radio). Here is my current schedule:

Author Reception (Grand Ballroom, DoubleTree Hotel)
Wednesday, August 7, 5:15 to 6:45 pm

Author Booth Signings (Liguori Booth #708)
Thursday, August 8th, 3:30 to 4:30 pm

Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo
Thursday August 8th at 9:40 am Eastern

EWTN Radio “Live from the CMN” with Thom Price
Friday August 9th at 10:15 am Eastern

Some people have asked me why I felt the desire to write a book about the Blessed Mother. Aren’t there already many books about Mary? To be totally honest, although several books have been written about Our Lady, there was a void. When I searched for a book that focused on Mary’s words in Scripture, I couldn’t find one. As a result, I felt called to write it. As I started to work on the project, I made the decision to also include all of Mary’s Biblical appearances, even when her spoken words were not recorded. The end result is that through this book, you’ll learn how to “hear” the Blessed Mother speak to you through the pages of the Bible. And her message is POWERFUL!

If you’ve ever wanted to get closer to Mary, if you want to better understand her words in Scripture or if you’re looking for a resource for your prayer group or Bible study, this book is for you. The reflection questions at the end of each chapter will help guide you, as you “listen” to Mary’s voice speaking directly to you. Order your copy (at a 25% discount) by going to the following link and remember to…

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 Blessed Mother – She Has A Message For You!


 

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. I think you’ll agree that she has a powerful message for you!

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


 

“How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” (Luke 1:34)

One day, God dispatched an angel named Gabriel to a city of Galilee named Nazareth. He urged her to not be afraid and assured Mary that she had found favor with God. Then he proceeded to explain the purpose of his visit, a purpose which would be enough to make most people afraid. Mary was given the details of a plan that would have her conceiving a son. That son, named Jesus, “will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” (Lk 1:32-33) While you and I may look at these words and be confused as to what’s being asked, a devout Jewish girl would have known exactly what was being stated. Mary was being asked to become the mother of the Messiah!

After the angel finished speaking, Mary was confused and asked a simple question – “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” (Lk 1:34) Some people will look at Mary’s words and wrongly conclude that her faith was weak. She’ll be compared to Zechariah who, a few verses earlier, doubted Gabriel’s prophecy about the pregnancy of his wife. Didn’t Mary and Zechariah both doubt the angel’s message? Not at all. Mary believed and Zechariah doubted. How do I know, you might ask? The answer lies in Gabriel’s reaction. After Zechariah’s question, the angel stated that he “didn’t believe his words” (Lk 1:20). Mary received no such rebuke because, unlike Zechariah, she was simply asking for details.

Sometimes we lose sight of the fact that, although Mary was sinless, she was still human. Being chosen to become the mother of God didn’t automatically give her all the answers. Like us, there were times when Mary had questions about God’s will. Even though she always wanted to follow the Lord’s plan for her life, she was sometimes confused and needed to discern His will. As for Our Lady’s question to the angel, some background is necessary in order to understand what she is asking. The common belief of many theologians throughout the years (including Blessed Pope John Paul II, St. Augustine and St. Gregory of Nyssa) is that Mary was confused because she had consecrated her virginity to the Lord. Although unusual for married people, this practice was not unheard of in Mary’s time. This theory is supported by looking at Gabriel’s words. He told Mary that she would conceive and bear a son named Jesus. He didn’t say when, only that it would happen at some point in time. Since Mary was engaged to Joseph, it would be expected that she’d bear his children, therefore there’s nothing unusual about the message…unless she vowed to remain a virgin. Always desiring to do what’s right, Mary made a decision to do what she thought was best, but then Gabriel appeared with some new information. When informed that God wanted her to have a child, Mary needed to reevaluate her plan. Wanting to fulfill the will of God in her life, she needed to ask the important question. How can this be? Please tell me the details so I can cooperate with God’s plan. Far from doubting, Our Lady was pondering Gabriel’s astonishing message and was asking for guidance in carrying out God’s will.

Mary’s words to the angel remind us that it’s perfectly acceptable to ask questions. If you feel that God is asking you to do something, but you’re not sure how it’s possible, go ahead and ask Him for details. Mary did. If you’re carrying a heavy cross and can’t understand why, ask the Lord to enlighten you. Unfortunately, I can’t promise that you’ll get the answer you want. Instead, the Lord’s answer may be, “trust me”. If that’s the case, you may be asked (like Mary) to go along with His plan without knowing all of the fine details. If you have a difficult time doing that…join the club! However, don’t ever forget that Mary can help you tremendously. As someone who’s “been there, done that”, she knows exactly what you’re going through. Turn to her and ask her to share some of her faith with you. I can guarantee you that, as stated in the Memorare, “never was it known that anyone who fled to her protection, implored her help, or sought her intercession was left unaided.”

The Message: God has a plan for my life and wants to make it known to me. Through prayer and careful listening, I can become aware of that plan and put it into action.

(The above is an excerpt from Listen To Your Blessed Mother – Mary’s Words In Scripture, the latest book from Gary Zimak. As someone who always sought to follow God’s will, Mary can teach us how to be better Christians and will help us to grow closer to Jesus. By looking very carefully at Our Lady’s words and actions as recorded in the Bible, we can “hear” her voice and benefit greatly from her motherly advice.)

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