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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!

Gary Zimak: Why I Wrote A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible


 

I was recently interviewed by Ian Rutherford (the owner of Aquinas and More Catholic Goods) for his Behind The Counter podcast. We discussed my new book A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible. If you’d like to hear my thoughts on the book and what I hope to accomplish with it, you can listen to the podcast here.

When you’re finished, check out Aquinas and More’s website for a great selection of authentically Catholic products!

What Jesus Wants You To Know About Worrying


 
Here’s a neat YouTube video put together by a listener. Using my 8/13/12 interview with Sean Herriott on Relevant Radio’s Morning Air, she added some pictures and came up with a very nice 2-part presentation. The discussion focused on “10 Things Jesus Wants You To Know About Worry and Anxiety”. If you’re a worrier, please check out these videos. If not, share them with the worriers in your life!

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!

Your Name (required)

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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!

Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary Changed My Life – And It Will Change Yours!


 


“At first, it had seemed to me that I should distance myself a bit from the Marian devotion of my childhood in order to focus more on Christ. Thanks to St. Louis de Montfort, I came to understand that true devotion to the Mother of God is actually Christocentric; indeed, it is very profoundly rooted in the mystery of the Blessed Trinity, and the mysteries of the Incarnation and Redemption.” (Blessed Pope John Paul II, Crossing The Threshold of Hope)

On October 7, 2011 (the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary), I consecrated my life to Jesus through Mary. Using my radio show (to lead the nightly prayers), I was also able to get over 100 people to join me in consecrating their lives to Jesus through Mary! The results? Over the course of the past year, my Blessed Mother has taken me by the hand and brought me closer to Jesus than I ever thought possible. Total Consecration is POWERFUL!

Here are some comments from listeners who made the Consecration with me:

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.

In case you’re not familiar with Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary, the late theologian Fr. John Hardon defines it as “the entire gift of self to Jesus through Mary. It is, moreover, a habitual attitude of complete dependence on Mary in one’s whole life and activity.” In giving ourselves to Jesus through Mary, we perform good works without asking for “wages”, trusting that we will receive all that we need from the Master. Ultimately, our belief is that living this devotion will make us better Catholics and help us to get to Heaven!

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 and 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,

Days 13-19: Knowledge of Self,

Days 20-26: Knowledge of Mary,

Days 27-33: Knowledge 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 doing this with me. I’ll also add you to my mailing list so I can provide you with additional information (including where to get FREE consecration materials). 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!

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

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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This Week On Following The Truth With Gary Zimak…

 

It’s going to be an exciting week (7/8 – 7/13) on the Following The Truth radio show.

Here’s the lineup…

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.

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!

“Sunday Sunset” Debuts This Sunday!

 

Looking for a great way to end your Sunday?

Want to unite in prayer with Christians around the world without leaving your home?

Need some strength in preparing for the week ahead?

Do you need relief from your anxiety?

Would you like the Lord’s peace to fill your heart?

My new 15 minute Internet radio program may be just what you need! On Sunday, June 24th at 8 PM Eastern time “Sunday Sunset with Gary Zimak” will debut on BlogTalkRadio. Join me in praying the Night Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours and for some reflections on the day’s Gospel reading. Each Sunday, we’ll get together to pray and reflect on the Lord and His providence.

How can you listen?

Simply click on the following link at 8 PM Eastern on Sunday and the show will begin to play. If you’d like an email reminder, you can follow the link now and click on the clock icon (next to the program date).

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gzimak/2012/06/25/sunday-sunset

If you can’t listen live, the podcast will be available in the BlogTalkRadio archives and iTunes and you can access it from my regular BlogTalkRadio page:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gzimak

I hope you can join me as we gather together over the Internet. No matter where we live geographically, the miracle of technology allows us to unite as brothers and sisters in Christ. I’m looking forward to praying with you on Sunday…

please invite a friend!