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New Format For Following The Truth Radio Show


As the Lenten Radio Retreat draws to a close, I wanted to take a few minutes to announce the NEW daily themes for Following The Truth on BlogTalkRadio. The show will still air Monday – Friday at 8 PM Eastern, but the daily themes will be changing. Starting on April 2nd, here’s what you can expect when you tune into the show. Please let your friends know about the program. It’s an easy way to get to know Jesus Christ and the teachings of His Church without leaving your home!

Some Info About Our Lenten Retreat


I promised that I would provide those of you who are taking part in the Lenten Retreat with some info so here you are…

Dan Burke’s excellent book, Navigating The Interior Life

Here’s a link to the Examination of Conscience used on Friday’s show:

The opening theme song for Following The Truth is “Jesus Christ Is Lord” by Renee Bondi. Her website is:

The Facebook group Lenten Retreat created by our friend Monica can be found at:

My Daily Bread (the book that I’m using for the retreat) can be purchased from the following sites. While I have no affiliation with any of these sites, I have personally ordered from each of them and experienced no problems. It’s not necessary that you purchase the book, but you will definitely benefit from it (either now or after the retreat is over).

Hope this helps!

New Themes For The Following The Truth Radio Show!


As we prepare to welcome the new year, there are some changes in the works for the Following The Truth radio program. Designed to help you get the most out of the Year of Faith, these new themes will help set you on fire for your Catholic Faith!

For those who are not familiar with the show, Following The Truth (with Gary Zimak) airs each Monday – Friday at 8 PM Eastern on BlogTalkRadio. Once the show airs, all podcasts are available (free of charge) in the BlogTalkRadio On Demand Archives and on iTunes. Adhering to the “2 S’s” (Simple and Substantial), Gary strives to present the AUTHENTIC teachings of the Catholic Church in an entertaining and understandable way.

Before discussing the changes, one thing that will not change is the reading and discussion of the daily Mass readings. This is an important feature of the show and will remain as is. The new themes for each day are as follows:

Monday (What Catholics Really Believe) – A basic discussion of the teachings of the Catholic Faith, direct from the Catechism, Vatican documents and other reliable sources.

Tuesday (The People of the Gospels) – The Gospels are filled with many interesting people. Each week, we’ll look at a different one. John the Baptist, Nicodemus, the Rich Young Man, the Ten Lepers, and many more individuals will be discussed in depth.

Wednesday (Imitating Christ) – One of the most important things that the Holy Father wants us to do in this Year of Faith is to LIVE the Faith. There is no better way to do this than to imitate Christ. Every Wednesday, Gary will reflect on a passage from The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. If you’re not familiar with this book, you’ll be astonished by its clear and profound teaching. Be prepared to be challenged!

Thursday (Listen To Your Mother) – Mary is the model Christian and has a message that she’d like to share with us. Each week, Gary will discuss a different APPROVED Marian apparition. By listening to Our Lady’s message, we’ll be able to better live our Catholic Faith!

Friday (Double Header) – Fridays are BIG days on Following The Truth. In the first half of the show, we’ll look at the “Greatest Stories Ever Told” – the parables of Jesus. These simple stories were designed to help us better understand Our Lord’s teaching and we’ll discuss a different one each week. In the second half, the Mass Readings for the upcoming Sunday will be read and discussed. God speaks directly to us through the Bible and this feature will help you better prepare to receive His message.

2013 promises to be an exciting year for Following The Truth. The new format begins on Wednesday, January 2nd. Be sure to tune in and let your friends know!

What Is God Calling YOU To Do?


“I am created to do something or to be something for which no one else is created; I have a place in God’s counsels, in God’s world, which no one else has…God knows me and calls me by name.” (Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman)

Do you believe this? You should, because it’s true. Each one of us has been given unique gifts and called by the Lord to play a specific role in the world. What does God want YOU to accomplish? What are YOUR gifts?

Tonight at 8 PM Eastern on Following The Truth on BlogTalkRadio, I’ll continue my discussion on this important topic. I hope you can tune in. If you neglect to discern your special mission, the world will be missing something!

This Week On The Following The Truth Radio Show


80,000 Listeners…Thank you!!!

Since going on the air in December of 2010, Following The Truth with Gary Zimak has been listened to 80,000 times by listeners all over the world. This is a truly remarkable accomplishment that would not be possible without the Lord’s help and your support. Join me each Monday-Friday at 8 PM Eastern on BlogTalkRadio (or listen to the podcasts in the BlogTalkRadio archives or iTunes) as I give you the TRUE teachings of the Catholic Church in “plain” language. As my regular listeners know, I’m not afraid to tackle any subject. You will get THE TRUTH!!!

Here’s a look at what’s on tap for this week:

What is the priesthood?
Why Can’t Women by priests?
Will priests ever be able to get married?
How should we respond to God’s infinite love?
What does it mean to be friends with Jesus?
What exactly is Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary?
Is anger always a sin?
How can I control my anger?
A look at the daily Mass readings.
Looking ahead to next Sunday’s Mass readings.

If you’ve never listened to the program, make it a point to tune in and see why Following The Truth with Gary Zimak has become a daily part of the spiritual life of many Catholics!

Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary Begins On September 4th!


“I have said that this devotion may rightly be called a perfect renewal of the vows or promises of holy Baptism.” (St. Louis de Montfort)

Are you ready to renounce Satan and his works, renew and ratify your baptismal promises and make a total donation of your life to Jesus? If so, Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary is just what you need!

What exactly is this devotion all about? Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary was popularized by Saint Louis de Montfort (1673 – 1716), a French priest who stated that “this devotion, faithfully practiced, is an excellent means of making sure that the value of all our good works shall be employed for the greater glory of God.”

Last year I led over 100 people through this process and here are some of their comments:

I cannot thank you enough for doing this. Listening to your explanations is a big help for me. I also appreciate being able to say the prayers along with you because I get so easily distracted. Not to say that it still does not happen, but it would be a lot worse if I was doing it on my own. I have lots of areas that need improvement, but I feel confident with the Blessed Mother at my side I can do it in baby steps.

Thank you for all your help. Just wanted you to know that my husband and I are still with you and plan on making this Consecration next week. It has changed MY life in so many ways.

Thank you so much for doing this…it is very helpful to do it in a group …this is a huge mental commitment and a leap of faith but I find your encouragement extremely inspiring!

You are doing so much good with this consecration. I would not even be doing this myself if I had not heard you on Ave Maria Radio (while I was working on the house!). You are blessing so many through your encouragement with this devotion and your thoughtful support of those who are encountering difficulties.

On September 4, 2012 we will once again begin the 33 day period of preparation which will result in consecrating (or re-consecrating) ourselves to Jesus through Mary on October 7. As I did last year, I am inviting as many of you as possible to make this consecration along with me.

In order to make it easier, I will be devoting all of my Following The Truth radio programs during this period to the necessary preparation prayers. While you can certainly say them on your own, many people found it easier to listen to the program and pray along with me. The show airs on BlogTalkRadio each night at 8 PM Eastern or, if it’s more convenient for you, the podcast can be downloaded from the BTR archives or iTunes free of charge.

The Total Consecration is divided into themes:

(Days 1-12) The Spirit of the World – We concentrate on casting off the spirit of the world, which is contrary to the spirit of Jesus Christ.

(Days 13-19) Knowledge of Self – The focus is on seeing ourselves as God sees us and looking at the effects of our sins.

(Days 20-26) Knowledge of Mary – In order to imitate Mary’s desire to always follow God’s will, we must get to know her.

(Days 27-33) Knowledge of Jesus – In preparation for making our Total Consecration, we’ll study the life of Jesus.

Day 34: Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary.

If you’re interested in joining me, simply fill out the form below so that I’ll have an idea of how many of you will be participating. I’ll also add you to my mailing list so I can provide you with additional information (including where to get FREE consecration materials) and give you some further background on the devotion. Please share this invitation with as many people as you can. There is no cost and no vows are involved. You’re simply expressing the desire to become a better person and taking advantage of Mary’s help. It’s a great deal!

I promise you that this devotion will change your life. Watch your inbox for further details and get ready…

We begin on September 4th!

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Pray The Rosary For Angela Faddis


8/18/12 UPDATE: Even though my radio program aired on Friday evening, you can still listen to the podcast and pray along. It can be accessed here or in iTunes Please continue to keep Angela and her family in your prayers! Thank you and God Bless, Gary.

Angela Faddis is a young mother of 2 (and the wife of Catholic speaker and writer Chris Faddis) who is battling Stage 4 colon cancer and needs our help. From the “Support Angela Faddis” Facebook page:

We had of course hoped and prayed that perhaps this surgeon would see some possibilities, but in the end – what we got today was cold, hard reality. While it was hard to swallow, we appreciated his honesty and his candor. The bottom line is that medically speaking, Angela’s cancer is incurable and most doctors do not see a whole lot of hope for Angela – medically speaking. Essentially what he told us was that every surgical option available would most likely prove lethal for Angela.

So, what does this mean? Well as one other doctor put it, we can do chemotherapy, or we can begin looking at hospice and end of life care. This is a grim reality. They will not give a prognosis, but standard medical care with chemotherapy is said to provide a 2-5 year life extension for someone with advanced stage cancer. There are also alternative treatments out there – like some of the treatments Angela received that will also prolong life. Studies show that one of those treatments can give a 40% increase in survival time when given in combination to chemotherapy.

In all of this, we know that our true hope lies in God. It is easy to find hope in a certain treatment, or surgery or Cancer Center. It is easy to place our hope in a clinical trial or some other means, but in the end our hope is in Christ. Our faith urges us to seek healing and to never stop hoping. Our faith in Christ prompts us to pray for a miracle but also be willing to accept whatever outcome we are given. I am ready to accept God’s will – but I am also in constant prayer that God would, in his loving mercy, heal Angela and give our kids and I a long life with her.

Still, our hope ultimately rests in heaven. As Angela posted a few days ago – this journey we are all on is about a journey to heaven. Unity with God in the Trinity is our ultimate vocation and to that end, we know that no matter the outcome, God’s will be done.

“So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.” Heb 4:16

With this I ask you to continue to your prayer for our family and if you see fit, beg God for a miracle on our behalf. Your intense prayer for us has been an incredible gift. How can we lose hope when we know that so many are seeking God on our behalf?

On Friday, August 17 at 8 PM Eastern, I will devote the first half of my Following The Truth radio show to praying a rosary for Angela. We know that “with God all things are possible”, so I’m asking as many people as possible to join me in praying for a miracle.

If you’d like to join me in prayer, simply click here at 8 PM Eastern Friday and the show will begin to play. You can also click on the link now and set a reminder and you will receive an email when the show is about to start. If you can’t listen live, the podcast will be available in the BlogTalkRadio archives and iTunes.

Please share this post with as many people as possible. Our sister in Christ (and her family) needs our help!

Welcome To Aquinas & More Catholic Goods!


I’m pleased to announce that Following The Truth has become an official affiliate of Aquinas & More Catholic Goods! This means that every time you visit their site (by using the link from Following The Truth), I will earn a commission from your purchases. This will help to ensure that my full time work spreading the “Good News” of the Catholic Faith will continue!

When I originally founded Following The Truth, one of my goals was to recommend AUTHENTIC Catholic resources (books, websites, religious items) to help people learn more about the Catholic Faith and enter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. As a result, I carefully screen each recommended vendor or product to ensure that they are not in conflict with Catholic teaching. In addition to the fact that your purchases will help keep Following The Truth and Aquinas & More alive, here are a few reasons (taken directly from their website) why I’m so pleased to be associated with Aquinas & More and why I’d encourage you to purchase your Catholic goods from them:

About Aquinas and More
Aquinas and More Catholic Goods is centrally located in Colorado Springs, CO. We carry thousands of products ranging from books and videos to chalices and church furnishings. The store was started by Ian Rutherford in 2002 and is owned and run by his family and friends. The store name comes from two famous Catholic saints, Thomas Aquinas and Thomas More. The ox head in our logo is a symbol of St. Thomas Aquinas who was called “The Dumb Ox” because he was a very quiet student, and rather large.

Their Mission
Our mission is to provide the tools necessary for Catholics and non-Catholics to learn more about the Faith and for Catholics to deepen their Faith. This goal will be achieved by providing a clear, unapologetic presentation of the faith and quality Catholic products that are beautiful, fairly priced and helpful to those who want to get to Heaven.

Good Faith Guarantee
Our Good Faith Guarantee is our latest way to help you, our customers, feel secure when shopping on our website. We always want you to rest assured that we are carefully screening the material we carry so you don’t have to. Any item that carries this logo on its details page next to the item’s picture is guaranteed to be in conformity with official Church teaching. We believe that as a Catholic store our mission is to clearly present the Faith, not to confuse people or promote material just because it is popular. When you see this logo next to a vestment or liturgical vessel, it means that the item conforms to current liturgical norms.

We will not carry products that:

Are written by dissident authors
Concern unapproved apparitions
Concern visions and locutions by people who have not been declared at least Venerable by the Church
Promote heretical theology

Examples of authors, subjects and titles we will not carry:

Fr. Richard Rohr
Fr. Charles Curran
Sr. Chittister
Fr. Richard McBrien
Poem of the Man God

If you’d like some more reasons to shop at Aquinas & More, you can read them here. I have never seen a Catholic goods store so careful about the products that they carry. I’d kindly ask you to use them as your source of Catholic goods and please remember to access their site from the Following The Truth website. By doing so, you’ll help keep us both afloat as we continue to proclaim the Gospel message. THANK YOU!!!

This Week On Following The Truth With Gary Zimak…


It’s going to be another exciting week (7/16 – 7/20) on the Following The Truth radio show.

Here’s the lineup…

Monday (Understanding The Mass – The Liturgy of the Word) – Last week, we looked at the Introductory Rites of the Mass. This week’s focus is on the Liturgy of the Word. We’ll discuss the readings, Responsorial Psalm, Gospel, Homily, Creed and the Prayer of the Faithful. Using the book, A Biblical Walk Through the Mass by Dr. Edward Sri, we’ll unlock the mystery and illustrate God’s presence in the Liturgy of the Word!

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A Biblical Walk Through the Mass Book

Biblical Walk Through the Mass Book

Tuesday (How To Listen When God Is Speaking) – How come God never speaks to me? That question can often be answered with another question…are you listening? Join us as we continue looking at the book, How to Listen When God Is Speaking by Fr. Mitch Pacwa. If you are trying to make a decision in accordance with God’s Will, you don’t want to miss this weekly series!

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How to Listen When God Is Speaking

How to Listen When God Is Speaking

Wednesday (Reflecting On Human Misery) – Let’s face it – life can be difficult. Each day, we experience a new set of challenges and temptations. In his book, Imitation of Christ, Thomas a Kempis urges us to focus on the rewards of eternal life, rather than envy others for “having it easier”. We’ll discuss it on this show.

Thursday (The Brown Scapular) – Far from being a superstition, the brown scapular is a powerful sacramental which helps us to better utilize Mary’s help in our lives. Gary will explain the origin of the devotion, share why he wears a scapular and discuss its importance.

Friday (Learning To Deny Yourself) – In his book, The Hidden Power of Kindness: A Practical Handbook for Souls Who Dare to Transform the World, One Deed at a Time, Fr. Lawrence Lovasik discusses the importance of learning to deny ourselves. In the second half of the show, we’ll read and discuss the Mass Readings for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Now approaching 50,000 listens since first going on the air in late 2010, the Following The Truth radio show has become a nightly part of many people’s spiritual routine. Listen for yourself and see what all the fuss is about!

Last Week On Following The Truth…


In case you missed any of last week’s episodes of the Following The Truth radio show, here’s what we discussed:

Sunday (Sunday Sunset) – A 15 minute show designed to close out the Lord’s Day and get you ready for the week to come. We’ll pray the Night Prayer (from the Liturgy of the Hours) and briefly reflect on Sunday’s readings.

Monday (Understanding The Mass – The Introductory Rites) – Why do we now say “And With Your Spirit” instead of “And Also With You”? Why do we ask for mercy 3 times? What is the purpose of the Gloria? We’ll answer these and many more questions, using the book, A Biblical Walk Through the Mass (Book): Understanding What We Say and Do In The Liturgy by Dr. Edward Sri.

Tuesday (How To Listen When God Is Speaking) – How come God never speaks to me? That question can often be answered with another question…are you listening? Join us as we begin looking at the book, How to Listen When God Is Speaking: A Guide for Modern-Day Catholics by Fr. Mitch Pacwa. If you are trying to make a decision in accordance with God’s Will, you don’t want to miss this weekly series!

Wednesday (The Importance Of Silence And Solitude) – In an increasingly noisy and busy world, it’s difficult to find the time or the place to be silent. In his book, Imitation of Christ, Thomas a Kempis has a lot to say about the importance of silence and solitude. We’ll discuss it on this show.

Thursday (10 Tips For Praying The Rosary) – Taken from various sources, we’ll present 10 great tips to help you PRAY and not just SAY the rosary. If you struggle with this great prayer, be sure to listen!

Friday (Learning To Deny Yourself) – In his book, The Hidden Power of Kindness: A Practical Handbook for Souls Who Dare to Transform the World, One Deed at a Time, Fr. Lawrence Lovasik discusses the importance of learning to deny ourselves. In the second half of the show, we’ll read and discuss the Mass Readings for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

You can listen to what you missed by using the BlogTalkRadio player below!

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