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Announcement Number Two – A Visit To Women Of Grace


 

Catholic Speaker Gary Zimak will appear on EWTN's Women Of Grace with Johnnette Benkovic in January 2015

Continuing with my series of special announcements, on January 5 I’ll be visiting Johnnette Benkovic on her EWTN television series Women Of Grace. All week, Dr. Greg Popcak and I will be discussing an important topic – Help…I’m Worrying Myself To Death! If you’re someone who is looking to escape from worry and stress, don’t miss this 5 episode series (Jan 5-9, 2015). I had a great time taping the shows and I’m confident you’ll enjoy them!

Check back tomorrow for announcement 3 of 4…

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.

Moving From Fear To Faith On EWTN!


 

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak visits with Jim and Joy Pinto on At Home With Jim and Joy on EWTN

I recently had the chance to visit my friends Jim and Joy Pinto on their new EWTN TV series, At Home With Jim And Joy. We discussed my battle with anxiety and how the Lord has helped me to stop worrying and experience peace in my life. In addition, we took calls from the viewers and shared our own personal stories about the role our faith plays in combating worry and stress. I hope you enjoy the program and please consider sharing this post with your family and friends. Thank you and God Bless!

At Home With Jim, Joy…And Gary!


 

Catholic Speaker Gary Zimak discusses how to overcome anxiety on EWTN TV's At Home With Jim And Joy

On Thursday, September 25, I’ll be joining my friends Jim and Joy Pinto on their new TV program, At Home With Jim and Joy. We’ll be discussing how a personal relationship with Jesus can help us to overcome worry and stress. The program will air live on EWTN TV at 2 PM Eastern on September 25 and will be rebroadcast on September 26 at 5 PM Eastern and September 28 at 2 AM Eastern. I hope you’ll be able to tune in!

If you miss the show, don’t worry! You can also purchase a DVD of the episode from EWTN Religious Catalog HERE.

Thank You, Mother Angelica!


 

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak posing next to a portrait of Mother Angelica at EWTN

“She didn’t know exactly where God was leading her that summer of 1944. But she went just the same.” (Raymond Arroyo on Mother Angelica’s decision to enter religious life)

Seventy years ago, on this day, Mother Angelica said “yes” to the Lord and entered religious life. Here’s a nice article written by Raymond Arroyo which tells the story of what happened on August 15, 1944. On behalf of the millions who have been impacted by her decision, I’d like to say “Thank you” to Mother Angelica. Your “yes” has changed our lives forever. Happy 70th anniversary!

Deacon Bill Steltemeier – A Death In The Family


 

I’m sad.

Yesterday, I learned of the death of EWTN’s Deacon Bill Steltemeier and it hit me hard. Although I’ve never met the man, I feel as I’ve lost a member of my family. And as I’ve thought about it over the past 24 hours, I realize that I DID lose a member of my family. While Deacon Bill was certainly a family member, as we are brothers in Christ, our relationship is even more personal. He is a member of my EWTN family and, along with Mother Angelica and many other EWTN friends, that makes us very close.

Words cannot describe my gratitude to Mother Angelica and Deacon Bill. I was a lukewarm, lazy, self-centered Catholic for most of my life. Even though I went to Mass each week, I had no real faith and no personal relationship with the Lord. None! Although I had “on and off” conversions through the years, nothing ever lasted. I’d be somewhat zealous about my Catholic faith for a time, but eventually I’d backslide. In late 2004, I experienced some strange medical symptoms that caused me to think I was dying. Realizing that I was not ready to meet the Lord, I made the decision to embrace my faith. I stopped caring about all of the “important” things that preoccupied so much of my time and I started watching EWTN TV and listening to their radio programs. I started going to daily Mass (even though I felt horrible) and I listened to EWTN radio as I drove to and from the church. I somehow managed to go to work during this ordeal and EWTN radio was a regular part of that trip as well. In addition to finally starting to embrace my faith, I began to feel a family association with everyone at EWTN. I remember being comforted by Mother’s words and by Deacon Bill’s warm and loving personality. Eventually, my symptoms vanished and no diagnosis was ever made. But, as far as my faith goes, I never looked back. EWTN changed my life forever!

Last night, I told my wife that I was sad about Deacon Bill’s death and had to write something. This morning, the ideas started to come to me. Quite simply, his death has left a void in my life. I’ll miss his kind (but strong) spiritual advice, his loving praise for Mother Angelica (another family member of mine) and the way he always reminded us that we were “family”. Although I’m happy that his suffering is over, I’m sad for myself and all those who are grieving his passing. Rather than dwell on sadness, however, I’d rather focus on my admiration for the way he chose to live his life. Just like the Apostles, Deacon Bill left everything behind all followed the Lord. After meeting Mother Angelica in 1978, he began helping out at EWTN on a part time basis. In 1985, he resigned from his law firm to work full time with Mother Angelica at the network. He remained devoted to the mission of EWTN until his death.

Every day, I fail in some way to do what the Lord asks. I don’t trust in His providence, I get annoyed with people, I have a negative outlook, I doubt that He can perform miracles in my life. When I look at Deacon Bill, I not only admire Him, but I want to be like him. I want to trust when all seems hopeless, I want to be kind to everyone I meet, I want to love the Lord so much that I’d be willing to leave everything for Him. And I know that if I could meet Deacon Bill, he’d want me to do that too.

Goodbye for now, Deacon Bill. Thank you for all that you did to help me and so many others, through EWTN. Please pray for me, a weak sinner, that I may be able to imitate you and courageously follow the Lord even when it requires great sacrifice.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.