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Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas!


How would you like some great last minute Christmas gift ideas that will also allow you to support my full time work as a Catholic Evangelist? Ordering merchandise from any of the following links will result in a profit for my work at Following The Truth. I’d greatly appreciate your help to keep my apostolate alive. All you have to do is visit any of the following merchants, place an order and that’s it! Your help is GREATLY appreciated.

God Bless,

For the “Worriers” in your life…

Looking for Catholic Merchandise?

Looking for DELICIOUS coffee?

How about some recordings which will help your children learn about the Faith?

And, of course, there’s…

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!!!

I Need Your Help!


Hi Friends,

As many of you know, I am entering into my 2nd month as a FULL TIME Catholic lay evangelist. Having been a comfort loving, non-risk taking professional employee for thirty years, working for the Lord is proving to be a major adjustment for me. It gives me MANY opportunities to trust in His providence. It also necessitates that I humble myself and do something that doesn’t come easy to me…


There’s not a day that goes by when I don’t receive an email telling me that my work is helping someone grow closer to Christ. Here are a few samples of comments that I’ve received in the past few weeks:

I am doing well! And so much of my wellness has to do with you. I have told you again and again how much you have helped me. You are doing the work that God wants you to do. I loved your show tonight. I learn so much from you.

Thank you again, Gary, for doing all of this. What a Godsend you are! 🙂

I think this retreat is awesome!! You are very good at what you do. And the best part is that I can understand it.

Your presentation really touched something in me. Thank you for being dramatic!

I have looked at the Spiritual Exercises before and could not figure out how to do them. Thanks for all your work in making them understandable!

I believe in my heart that the Lord truly wants me to work for Him as a FULL TIME Catholic lay evangelist, but I can’t do it without your support. I am the sole provider for my family and, just like you, I have bills that must be paid. If you have been helped by my work and would like to see that it continues, please consider becoming a monthly sponsor of Following The Truth or make a one time donation. Currently, donations are WELL BELOW the level that I need to continue my apostolate.

The world is a dark place and needs the light that can only be provided by the “Good News” of Jesus Christ. Your donation will allow me to continue doing that. My hope is that, beginning on April 16th, my nightly radio show will expand to a full 60 minutes. In addition to the usual themes, I’ll be reading and discussing the daily Mass readings and playing music from Catholic recording artists. This will not be possible, however, without your donations.

You can donate securely with PayPal by using the form at the upper right of this web page. If you’d rather send a check, please email me for the mailing address.

I will continue to keep you all in my daily prayers. Please know that I’m always here for you if you need anything!

In Christ,

Sacred Heart Radio Needs You!

If you’re a regular listener of The Son Rise Morning Show on EWTN, you probably know that the show originates from the studios of Sacred Heart Radio in Cincinnati, Ohio.  On Thursday, December 8th, 2011, Sacred Heart Radio will be hosting a one day membership drive.  As a regular guest of the show, I’ll be appearing on the air from 6:15-6:30 AM Eastern to do my part in helping to raise some much needed funds. 

Have you benefited at all from the Son Rise Morning Show?  If so, I’d ask you to keep this membership drive in your prayers and consider making a monetary donation.  I know that Catholic radio is greatly responsible for my love of the Faith and I’m sure many of you feel the same way.  Without the help of folks like us, many Catholic radio stations would cease to exist!

If you’re not in the Cincinnati area and would like to share in this day of special programming, you can listen live at  You can also make an online donation using that link.  The tentative lineup of guests is as follows (all times are Eastern):

6:00-6:15 Kevin Prendergast (studio)

6:15-6:30 Gary Zimak (phone)

6:30-6:45 Randy Hain (phone)

6:45-7:00 Cheryl Dickow (phone)

7:00-7:15 Pete Ellerhorst (studio)

7:15-7:30 Teresa Tomeo (phone)

7:30-7:45 Rita Heikenfeld (studio)

7:45-8:00 Stephanie Mann (phone)

8:00-8:15 Fr Kyle Schnippel (studio)/Marcel LeJeune (phone)

8:15-8:30 Paula Westwood (studio)/Liz Carter (studio)

8:30-8:45 Emily Bissonnette (studio)

8:45-9:00 Marybeth Hicks (phone)

4:00-4:30 Collin Raye (studio)

4:30-4:45 Lisa Hendey (phone)/Fr Rob Jack (studio)

4:45-5:00 Thom Price (phone)/Fr Rob Jack (studio)

5:00-5:15 Bishop Joseph Binzer (studio)

5:15-5:30 Kent Linneman (studio)

5:30-6:00 Kevin Lowry (studio)