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Suffering Doesn’t Last, But Heaven Does!

 

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak appears each Wednesday on The Son Rise Morning Show on EWTN Radio with his series "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled"

Here’s the Bible verse I discussed on EWTN Radio’s The Son Rise Morning Show today:

“So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.” (John 16:22)

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak discusses the fact that all suffering is temporary on The Son Rise Morning Show on EWTN Radio

There’s no doubt that suffering is a painful experience. What can make it even more painful, however, is the thought that it may not come to an end. We have all experienced the pain that comes from traffic jams, bad weather, stomach bugs and boring meetings. While none of these situations are fun, we can deal with them because we know that they are temporary. Jesus suffered tremendously on the cross. He also knew that His followers would be sorrowful as the events of His passion unfolded. As a result, He spoke these words as a reminder that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

If you are suffering, always remember that it is a temporary situation. Your pain will either go away in this life or when you die. There is no suffering in Heaven. In the meantime, although it may be difficult, make it a point to offer up your suffering. When united with the suffering of Christ, your pain can produce an abundance of fruit. The Lord will take all of the suffering that you give Him and use it to save souls. That thought alone can ease your agony as it gives meaning to your pain.

Suffering doesn’t last, but Heaven does. Keep your eye on the prize and always stay close to the Lord. One day you’ll know what it’s like to live with Him forever in a place where there is no suffering!

(Gary Zimak is a Catholic speaker and author who travels throughout the United States and Canada giving inspirational talks and leading parish missions and retreats. Click HERE to invite Gary to speak at your parish or conference or to inquire about his availability.)

Following The Truth Hits The Philly Airwaves!

 

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak announces that Following The Truth will be coming to Holy Spirit Radio in Philadelphia!

For a long time, I have wanted to host a radio program that combines Christian music, Scripture and advice for walking with the Lord. I am thrilled to announce that this program is now a reality!

Starting on Wednesday, March 25 at 10 AM Eastern (with encore at 4 PM Eastern), Following The Truth will be airing monthly (the 3rd Wednesday) on Holy Spirit Radio in Philadelphia, PA. Aside from the fact that I now have the opportunity to share the “Good News” by using some of my favorite tools, it is a special honor to be broadcasting from this station. It was Holy Spirit Radio that I listened to when I first started to move closer to the Lord. I am not kidding when I say that the radio station saved my life!

What can you expect on the new show? The focus will be on developing a close personal relationship with Christ and learning to walk daily with Him. I want my listeners to know that not only am I there for them, but so is the Lord. Life can certainly be tough, but none of us are in it alone. I hope you’ll be able to join me, even if you’re not in the Philly area. You can listen online HERE and the podcasts will be archived. I hope you can join me on March 25 at 10 AM Eastern for the radio debut of Following The Truth with Gary Zimak…

I’ll save a seat for you and leave the door open!

(Gary Zimak is a Catholic speaker and author who travels throughout the United States and Canada giving inspirational talks and leading parish missions and retreats. Click HERE to invite Gary to speak at your parish or conference or to inquire about his availability.)

5 Ways To Stop Worrying TODAY!

 

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak is available to speak at your parish or conference

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak recently offered a free webinar - 5 Ways To Stop Worrying TODAY!

Are you looking for a way to stop worrying?

As part of the Homeschool Connections Refresh Conference 2015, I recently presented a free webinar, 5 Ways To Stop Worrying TODAY! Although it was designed for a homeschooling audience, the material is appropriate for ALL “worriers”. During this one hour webinar, I offered material that I typically present to my audiences around the country. My message? It is possible to stop worrying and the secret is simple – admit that you’re weak (just like Saint Paul) and turn to the Lord for help. In this presentation, I offer five simple steps that will help you.

You can view the recording of the webinar by clicking on the following link:

5 Ways to Stop Worrying TODAY! – Gary Zimak

Take it from me, if a chronic worrier like Gary Zimak can find peace in his life, you can too. Getting to know Jesus on a personal level will have an amazing effect on your life. Give it a try and see what happens. The only thing you have to lose is your anxiety!

(Gary Zimak is a Catholic speaker and author who travels throughout the United States and Canada giving inspirational talks and leading parish missions and retreats. Click HERE to invite Gary to speak at your parish or conference or to inquire about his availability.)

A Great Example Of Combining Faith And Work

 

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak is available to speak at your parish or conference

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak addressing the Catholic Business Network of Greater Philadelphia

I recently had the privilege of presenting “Give Up Worrying For Lent” to the members of the Catholic Business Network of Greater Philadelphia. Under the leadership of president Barry Phillips and guided by board members such as Bobby Maurone and Chris Martin, this group does an admirable job of helping members to combine faith and work.

Having worked in the corporate world for 30 years prior to becoming a full time Catholic speaker and author, I know just how important it is to live the Catholic Faith in the workplace. It’s definitely a counter cultural message, but it’s one that is vital. I speak to many Catholic business organizations and I am always inspired when I see individuals who strive to bring their faith into the workplace. After all, we are called to be Catholics 24/7, not just on Sundays!

Thank you, Catholic Business Network of Greater Philadelphia for doing what you do. Keep up the great work!

(Gary Zimak is a Catholic speaker and author who travels throughout the United States and Canada giving inspirational talks and leading parish missions and retreats. Click HERE to invite Gary to speak at your parish or conference or to inquire about his availability.)

Here’s How I Came To Know And Love Jesus Christ

 

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak is available to speak at your parish or conference

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak tells how he met Jesus on the EWTN program The Journey Home with Marcus Grodi

My name is Gary Zimak and I love Jesus Christ! Even though I went to church every week for all of my life, I never had a personal relationship with Jesus . I didn’t know Him and, furthermore, I didn’t think it was possible to know Him personally. All of that changed in 2004, when a medical scare got my attention and motivated me to seek the Lord. I now can say that I not only know Jesus personally, but I love Him and we speak every day! I recently sat down with Marcus Grodi on the TV series The Journey Home to share the my conversion story. You can watch the episode by clicking on the image below.

I hope you enjoy the story of how I found Jesus Christ. You know what’s funny? As I look back now, I realize that He was there all along!

Change Is A Part Of Life, But One Thing Never Changes…

 

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak appears each Wednesday on The Son Rise Morning Show on EWTN Radio with his series "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled"

Here’s the Bible verse I discussed on EWTN Radio’s The Son Rise Morning Show today:

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak shares his weekly Bible verse on The Son Rise Morning Show on EWTN Radio.

For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my mercy shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the LORD, who has compassion on you. (Isaiah 54:10)

It’s very easy for us to forget just how much the Lord loves us, especially when we’re faced with many problems. As we struggle to deal with change and suffering in our lives, we sometimes lose sight of the fact that Jesus is right with us. This verse acknowledges a few important facts:

1. Change is a part of life.

2. The Lord cares about us.

3. He wants us to turn to Him daily and He will share the gift of peace with us.

4. His offer will never expire or be revoked.

Today, as you struggle to deal with the difficulties in your life, make it a point to turn to Jesus and ask for help. I guarantee that He won’t let you down!

Catholic speaker and retreat leader Gary Zimak announces the annual Lenten Radio Retreat which begins on February 18 on Blogtalkradio

Finally…A Catholic Retreat For Worriers!

 

Catholic speaker and retreat leader Gary Zimak will be leading a Pray, Hope and Don't Worry retreat at the Malvern Retreat House in Malvern, PA on August 14-16,2015

Are you tired of worrying?

Would you like to feel greater peace in your life?

Do you sometimes wish you could get to know Jesus better?

Does the idea of getting away for a few days of peaceful reflection and relaxation sound good to you?

I am thrilled to announce that on Aug 14 – Aug 16, 2015, I will be leading the first ever Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry retreat at the Malvern Retreat House in Malvern, PA! Located in the Philadelphia suburbs, the Malvern Retreat House is the oldest and largest Catholic retreat center in the United States. I have a great deal of respect for the work that Msgr. Marino and his staff do and I am honored to be working with them on this retreat.

So what will we do on the retreat? Simply put, we’ll get to know Jesus and Mary better and ask them to help us to stop worrying. We’ll have Confession, Mass, Eucharistic adoration, quiet time and lots of great food! I’ll also be giving several presentations and will be available for questions or consultation. We’ll begin on Friday evening with registration, dinner, a talk and night prayer. On Saturday, I’ll be giving several talks and we’ll have confession, adoration and time for meditation. On Sunday, we’ll conclude with breakfast, followed by a short talk and Mass. The event will wrap up at approximately 11 AM.

Open to both men and women, this retreat will help you to finally break away from worrying by growing closer to the Lord. The cost for the weekend retreat (including meals and lodging) is $240. Please email me if you have any questions or need additional information.

Click on the following image to register for the Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry retreat. Space is limited, so make it a point to register today!

Register today for the Pray, Hope and Don't Worry retreat led by Catholic speaker Gary Zimak at the Malvern Retreat House

(NOTE: Be sure to watch Msgr. Joseph Marino, Duane McCarthy and Jacqueline Delaney on EWTN Live on Wednesday, Feb 11 at 8 PM Eastern as they discuss the programs offered at the Malvern Retreat House.)

Are You Afraid Of Life’s Big Waves? Jesus Can Help!

 

Catholic speaker and retreat leader Gary Zimak is leading a Pray, Hope and Don't Worry retreat at the Malvern Retreat House in August 2015

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak giving a high five to his friend and fellow evangelist Bear Woznick

Are you someone who is constantly afraid of the “storms” in your life? Are you especially frightened by the “big waves”? I recently had the chance to visit with my buddy Bear Woznick on his Deep Adventure radio show. Bear is someone who knows all about waves and rough seas, but more importantly knows what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We discussed how worrying is always useless and I shared the story of my lifelong struggle to overcome anxiety. I also offered some secrets that have allowed me to experience peace in my life.

If you’re tired of worrying and looking for peace or if you’d just like to hear two friends and brothers in Christ talk about the Lord, be sure to check out the show. You can listen to the podcast here. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Aloha!

Talking Books on EWTN!

 

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak is available to speak at your parish or conference

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak discusses his books on the EWTN Bookmark television show

While attending the Catholic Leadership Conference in Birmingham last year, I had the opportunity to appear on the EWTN TV program Bookmark and discuss two of my books with host Doug Keck. I shared some information on what motivated me to write A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible and Listen To Your Blessed Mother and what I hoped readers would get from the books. That episode will air this weekend on EWTN TV (the schedule appears below). I hope you’ll be able to tune in!

Catholic Speaker and author Gary Zimak will appear on the EWTN TV show Bookmark this week to discuss two of his books

Sometimes Prayer Doesn’t Take Away Our Suffering…Just Ask Jesus!

 

Catholic speaker and retreat leader Gary Zimak is leading a Pray, Hope and Don't Worry retreat at the Malvern Retreat House in August 2015

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak offers advice for those who are suffering or struggling with worry or anxiety.

This morning on my weekly “Be Not Afraid” segment on Catholic Community Radio in Baton Rouge, LA I discussed a powerful Bible passage that never fails to bring me great comfort. As I mentioned on the show, I turned to this verse last week when I was struggling with some issues that were making me feel anxious. If you are suffering, I strongly believe that this passage will help you.

And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, remove this chalice from me; nevertheless not my will, but yours, be done.” And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down upon the ground. (Luke 22:41-44)

When faced with His upcoming death and the cause of that death (all the sins that were ever committed or would be committed), Jesus suffered greatly. Because He was fully human (as well as fully divine), He was able to experience the same agony that you and I feel when we suffer. By His actions, the Lord teaches us the importance of prayer when faced with suffering or anxiety. When He prayed, Jesus asked His Father to remove His suffering, but only if it was the Father’s will (another great lesson for us). Now, here’s where it gets interesting. In response to Jesus’ prayer, an angel was sent “strengthening Him”. The Greek word used here is “enischu√≥”, which means “to strengthen or invigorate”.

Immediately after telling us about the angel, St. Luke writes that Jesus was in agony (the Greek word used is “ag√≥nia”, which means great fear, terror, anxiety or agony) and “prayed more earnestly”. Wait a minute! You mean to tell me that Jesus was still in agony even after the angel was sent to strengthen Him? You better believe He was! But what’s important is that He had the strength to pray “more earnestly”.

Why is this important to us? Because sometimes prayer doesn’t take away our suffering. Sometimes it doesn’t even make us feel any better. What it does do is give us the strength to endure any catastrophe or predicament that we can ever face. It unites us closely with Someone who knows what it’s like to suffer and can help us to get through even the most painful experience. We often think that we’re doing something wrong if we don’t feel better when we pray. We believe that our faith must be lacking. As we can see from looking at Jesus, that’s not always the case.

If you are suffering, make it a point to imitate Jesus and pray for relief. If that relief doesn’t come and you are still in agony, make it a point to imitate Him again by embracing your suffering and praying “more earnestly”. You’ll receive the strength that you need and, one day, you’ll see just how your suffering helped you and many others!

NOTE: I’m excited to announce that I’ll be appearing on EWTN TV’s The Journey Home tonight at 8 PM Eastern. I’ll tell the story of how, as a cradle Catholic who never stopped going to Mass, I really never knew Jesus for many years. I’ll also discuss how He kept reaching out to me over and over, until I finally accepted His offer of friendship. I hope you can tune in!