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An Easy Way To Prepare For Total Consecration!

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak leads Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary on his daily podcast

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“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.”

Over the past five years, I have led close to 4,000 individuals through this process on my nightly podcast. 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 Monday, September 4, 2017 (Labor Day in for those in the United States) 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 and I am inviting as many of you as possible to make this consecration along with me.

This year, I am doing it in a completely unique and exciting way. Instead of using one particular book, I will be selecting our daily meditations from “The Best Of The Best” preparation methods (including books by Fr. Michael Gaitley, Fr. Hugh Gillespie and others). All of these daily meditations will be compared with St. Louis de Montfort’s guidelines to ensure that you are getting the best possible preparation.

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, I recommend that you listen to a 30 minute introductory podcast that I recorded last year HERE. This will give you an idea of what to expect. Other than that, there’s nothing else you need to do – no book to purchase, no fee, no need to even leave your home. If you need a reminder, I recommend that you sign up for my email newsletter (see the sidebar to the right of this page). Beginning on September 4th, there will be a podcast available each day (by 8 PM each evening). The length of the shows will be 30 minutes (M-F) and 15 minutes (Sat-Sun). You can download the podcasts free of charge from BlogTalkRadio, iTunes or TuneIn Radio. Or you can listen to the podcast directly from my website by clicking HERE.

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!

Through the years, Total Consecration has changed many lives. Don’t just take my word for it, however. Give it a try and see what happens in your life.

See you on September 4th!

Want To Stop Worrying And Start Living? Try This!

I want you to be free from anxieties. (1 Cor 7:32)

Are you tired of worrying? Join me for my annual “worriers” retreat at the Malvern Retreat House on Aug 4 – 6, 2017. For the 3rd consecutive year, I’ll be leading a designed to help you experience the peace that God has planned for you.

This year’s talk topics will be:

You CAN Stop Worrying!
Unleashing The Spirit
From Fear To Faith
Jesus – Your BEST Best Friend
Listen To Your Blessed Mother

Don’t get shut out. The past 2 years have sold out. For more information or to register today, click HERE!

Get Ready For The Gary Zimak Summer Sunshine Tour!

 

ATTENTION ALL TAMPA BAY RESIDENTS…

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak is heading to Florida for the Gary Zimak Summer Sunshine Tour 2016!

What Does God Want Me To Do?

 

Catholic Speaker and author Gary Zimak announces his latest book - Faith, Hope and Clarity from Servant Books

Great question, right? Over the years, I have felt that I was being called to do many things…

– Get married

– Become a priest

– Become a permanent deacon

– Change jobs

– Get more involved in my parish

– Work for a parish or diocese

– Pursue full time ministry

– Quit full time ministry

– Sell my house

– Adopt a child

As I struggled to determine what God wanted me to do in each of these cases, I learned a thing or two. To be totally honest, I continue to learn things about the discernment process every day. Sometimes following God’s will involves taking a radical step, but often it just involves accepting what happens in your daily life. Based on my personal experience, however, I now have a much clearer idea of the steps that can be taken to hear God’s voice. I’ve also learned that trying to discern God’s will isn’t something that should be done once or twice in a lifetime. Rather, it’s something that we should do every day. Fortunately, with a little practice, we can often do this without too much thought (especially when it comes to every day decisions).

My latest book – Faith, Hope, and Clarity: How to Know God’s Will is now available for pre-order (see the link below) and will give you a set of steps to assist you in following God’s will – today, tomorrow and for the rest of your life. I use the material contained in this book every day and I’m confident that following these steps will allow you to hear God speak more clearly to you.

Next week, I’ll begin sharing endorsements for the book from notable Catholic personalities. Stay tuned!

Thy Will Be Done – The ULTIMATE New Year’s Resolution!


 

“The perfect prayer is not one in which we tell God what we wish from Him, but rather one in which we ask God what He wishes from us.” (Archbishop Fulton Sheen)

It’s that time of the year again. Time to think about making some positive changes in our life. When it comes to making New Year’s resolutions, however, we usually tend to overlook spiritual changes. Sure, it’s a great idea to give up smoking or to go on a diet, but is it THE most important thing we can do? I don’t think so. In my opinion, the ultimate New Year’s resolution is to put into practice one of the key petitions of the Lord’s prayer:

Thy Will Be Done!

While it sounds simple in theory, it’s very difficult to put into practice. Why? Mainly because it’s not easy to look past our own desires and offer ourselves completely to the Lord. If we can manage to make this resolution, however, it’s the greatest act of love that we can possibly offer. Joseph did it, Mary did it. Even Jesus did it when (on the night before His death) He prayed:

“My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39)

Think about it. Instead of always asking for what you want, try asking the Lord what you can do for Him in the upcoming year. Can you imagine what He could do in your life if you made this a priority in 2014?

Total Consecration Retreat Summary


 

On September 4, 2013 approximately 1,400 of us embarked on a 33 day journey that was designed to prepare us for making (or renewing) our Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. Using Fr. Michael Gaitley’s book, 33 Days To Morning Glory, we committed to a daily study of the teachings of St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Blessed Pope John Paul II. Using my daily radio show, I read and discussed the meditations on the air each day. Congratulations, my friends, we made it through and the BIG DAY is just about here. On October 7th (the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary), we will make (or renew) our Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary! Before we do, however, let’s review some of the key concepts that we discussed during our journey:

St. Louis de Montfort

Passion – Are we prepared to give ourselves to Mary with great zeal?

Baptism – Total Consecration will allow us to better live out our baptismal promises.

Gift – The more we give ourselves to Mary, the more we’ll experience the greatness of this gift.

St. Maximilian Kolbe

Mystery – We’re invited to ponder the relationship between Mary and the Holy Spirit.

Militia – Although the goal of Kolbe’s program is the conversion of the whole world, it begins with one person.

Love – We should love Mary by trusting in her, speaking to her and letting ourselves be led by her.

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Thirst – Jesus thirsts for our love. We can satiate his thirst by loving others.

Heart – We must let Our Lady lend us her heart and allow ourselves to enter her heart.

Covenant – When we make our Total Consecration, we have certain responsibilities and Mary has certain responsibilities.

Blessed Pope John Paul II

Mother – The Church points to Mary’s maternal mediation and tells us that she’s our spiritual mother.

Entrust-acration – Through Total Consecration, we officially let Mary into our lives.

Mercy – Marian Consecration leads us to Divine Mercy.

Now, in case you need it, here is the Consecration prayer…

Morning Glory Consecration Prayer

I, ___________________________ , a repentant sinner, renew and ratify today in your hands, O, Immaculate Mother, the vows of my Baptism. I renounce Satan and resolve to follow Jesus Christ even more closely than before. Mary, I give you my heart. Please set it on fire with love for Jesus. Make it always attentive to his burning thirst for love and for souls. Keep my heart in your most pure Heart that I may love Jesus and the members of his Body with your own perfect love.

Mary, I entrust myself totally to you: my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions. Please make of me, of all that I am and have, whatever most pleases you. Let me be a fit instrument in your immaculate and merciful hands for bringing the greatest possible glory to God. If I fall, please lead me back to Jesus. Wash me in the blood and water that flow from his pierced side, and help me never to lose my trust in this fountain of love and mercy.

With you, O Immaculate Mother – you who always do the will of God – I unite myself to the perfect consecration of Jesus as he offers himself in the Spirit to the Father for the life of the world. Amen.

To Jesus Through Mary!

Spiritual Exercises – Day 9

 

But when the time had fully come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4-5)

In order to love Christ, we must first know Him. Over the course of the next few weeks, we will be doing just that. Today, we focused on the Incarnation. According to Fr. John Hardon, “the Incarnation is the cardinal mystery of Christian revelation”:

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14)

In our first meditation, we picture the Holy Trinity looking down on the earth and seeing so many people going to hell. They decide that the second person (The Word) should become man to save the human race.

In our second meditation, we look at the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38) when the Blessed Mother is asked to become the mother of the Messiah.

In our third meditation, we focus on Mary’s Visit to Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-56) and her beautiful prayer known as the Magnificat:

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever. (Luke 1:46-55)

A link to the podcast of the show can be found here.

Whoever Exalts Himself Will Be Humbled…

 

…but whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Matthew 23:12)

Whether it involves our practice of attending daily Mass, praying the rosary or performing charitable acts, the Lord’s words are clear. Being Catholic involves A LOT more than just thoughts and words. While all of these spiritual practices are essential parts of our faith, we have to remember that we’re also called to LOVE and SERVE one another. Jesus gave us the supreme example of what it means to serve. One of the best ways to serve is to SHARE what we have with others. We can obviously share our monetary wealth, but we can also share our time and our knowledge of the Catholic Faith. As people who take our faith seriously, it’s WAY too easy to preach without practicing. Even worse, we can sometimes start to feel superior to those whose faith may not be advanced as ours…BAD IDEA!

Today, as we continue our Lenten journey, let’s look for ways to imitate Jesus by serving and not being served. Let’s think of the many people in our lives who are “poor” in some way. We can serve them by sharing what we have. As true servants, we’ll also expect nothing in return. In reality, however, we’ll receive more than we can imagine in the next life!

“Bring me the sign of true humility by being not overly ambitious in your position, but lowly. Don’t be impatient over any pain or abuse you might suffer, but endure within the body of holy Church by the firm power of patience, even to the point of death. When you speak and proclaim the truth, whether in giving counsel or in any other role, do it fearlessly, looking only to God’s honor, the salvation of souls, and the advancement of holy Church, as her true son, nurtured by so tender a Mother. In this way you will demonstrate gentle divine charity and patience as well.” (Saint Catherine of Siena)

Moment Of Truth with Gary Zimak 1-25-12

 
Good Morning Friends! Here’s today’s edition of the Moment Of Truth with Gary Zimak. As we celebrate the feast of The Conversion of Saint Paul, let’s remember that the Lord can use all of us to do his work…no matter how many sins we’ve committed in the past. Have a Blessed Day!

Moment Of Truth with Gary Zimak 1-25-12 (mp3)

Faith and Revelation: Scott Hahn, Scripture and Substance!

So You Wanna Learn About Scripture?

In my opinion, one of the best books that you can read is Faith and Revelation (Knowing God Through Sacred Scripture) written by Dr. Scott Hahn (copyright 2009, Midwest Theological Forum) and edited by Fr. James Socias.  Part of the Didache Semester Series, this volume delivers the same solid Catholic teaching that can be found in the other books of this series.  As stated on the back cover, the goal of the Didache Series is “to present the basic doctrinal, scriptural, moral, and sacramental tenets of the Catholic Church in a manner that is both comprehensive and accessible.”  In my mind, they accomplish that goal in a BIG way!

Some of the book’s positives are:

– Scott Hahn is the author (Do you really need other reasons for a book about Scripture?)
– A beautiful design with color reproductions of religious artwork throughout.
– Lots of substance (multiple citations from the Catechism and Church Council documents plus numerous quotes from the Church Fathers).
– Material is presented in an easy to understand manner.

Although designed to be a high school text book (spanning one academic semester), I would recommend this book to any adult who desires to learn more about the Bible, from a Catholic perspective.  The biggest mistake that Catholics often make when reading Scripture is to read it “in a vacuum”, ignoring the fact that the Catholic Church actually compiled the books of the Bible.  Faith and Revelation rectifies that mistake, by giving you Biblical insight combined with solid Catholic teaching.

Still not convinced? Take a look at this preview to see for yourself!

For more information or to order, visit the MTF website.