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Book Gary Zimak To Lead Your 2020 Parish Mission!


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Are you looking for a one-of-a-kind parish mission that will set your parish on fire for Jesus Christ? Leading Catholic speaker and best-selling author Gary Zimak is now booking parish missions, talks and retreats for 2020 and beyond.

Want an idea of what to expect from a Gary Zimak parish mission? The following short video (recorded at the Church of the Holy Family in Sewell, NJ) will give you an insight:

Gary Zimak will help your parishioners to understand that Jesus Christ is real and wants to be a part of their daily lives. He will use his expertise as the leading Catholic speaker/author on overcoming anxiety to offer simple and effective techniques for breaking free from worry and moving closer to Christ. Best of all, everyone who attends a parish mission led by Gary Zimak will experience a greater desire to share Jesus with others.

Don’t delay! Click on the following banner to find out how to bring Gary Zimak to your parish/conference in 2020! (Gary still has dates available for 2019. Please contact us ASAP to secure your date today!)

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Feeling Blessed To Be Alive!


So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. (1 Thessalonians 5:6)


Just Another Day

April 3, 2019 started off as “just another day” for me. I said goodbye to my wife and daughters, blessed them, drove to work at the parish, took care of multiple emails and led a rosary for our Senior Adult Ministry. At 3 PM, I went over to the chapel and prayed a Chaplet of Divine Mercy for all the souls in purgatory. As always, I emphasized “those who will die today”. Never did I think that I could have been praying for myself.

I left the parish at 4 PM, said a prayer for safe travels and prepared for the drive home. It was a beautiful day and I was looking forward to a peaceful ride. As I typically do, I alternated between listening to podcasts, Christian music and praying. The traffic on the Pennsylvania Turnpike seemed lighter than normal and all was well. At around 4:15, there appeared to be a slowdown (which is nothing out of the ordinary) and I applied my brakes and came to a stop. I looked in the rearview mirror (an instinctive move) and saw a car approaching at an uncomfortable rate of speed. Time seemed to slow down as I braced for the inevitable. I was about to take a direct hit by a car traveling at 70 miles per hour!

What happened next is a bit blurry in my mind. For what seemed like minutes (it was actually a matter of seconds), my car was propelled head on into the concrete divider, spun around completely and came to rest facing the oncoming rush hour traffic. By the grace of God, I was able to collect my thoughts and drive the car to the shoulder of the highway. The person who hit me had also pulled over to the side of the road and was waiting in the car. I was surprisingly calm as I called ‘911’ and my wife. A gentleman from roadside assistance then opened my passenger door to make sure I was okay. My first words to him were:

“I’m blessed to be alive!”

As I climbed out of the car, I noticed the postcard of the Blessed Mother and the baby Jesus that I picked up two days earlier at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa. It was sitting on the passenger seat. A feeling of peace came over me, as I was reminded of their constant presence. I had some neck and back pain and I could feel that I hit my head on something (probably the visor), but I was able to walk unassisted. As I waited to complete the police report and have my car towed, I posted a message on Facebook asking for prayers and pondered how I would get home. Everything worked out perfectly.

A Reminder

Before this incident, I was very aware that my time on earth is limited. I also understood that God expects me to use my gifts to advance His Kingdom. That is why I gave notice at the parish earlier this week. I’ve been feeling a strong calling to return to full time ministry as a speaker and author. There is work to be done. I understood that. But now that understanding is stronger than ever. The fact that I’m alive today is a reminder that the Lord isn’t ready for me yet. He still needs me to work for Him on earth. People need to know that Jesus Christ is real and wants to be a part of their everyday lives. He also wants them to have hope and be at peace. I plan to spend the rest of my life spreading that message.

He has a plan for you as well. If you haven’t surrendered your life to Jesus, do it today. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. Ask Him to use you as His instrument. Don’t worry that you’re not qualified. None of us are. He will do the heavy lifting. All He wants is for you to say, “yes” and depend on His assistance. He will handle the details.

I am alive for a reason and so are you. Jesus is counting on us to assist Him. I’m all in. How about you?

Meet Mary Zimak!

Today is World Autism Awareness Day and I thought you might enjoy some insights from my daughter, Mary. I asked her to write about what it’s like to live with autism. I didn’t edit her words at all. I’m sure you’ll agree that my daughter is one amazing young lady. Please share this post and keep Mary in your prayers as she attempts to find meaningful employment that utilizes her God-given talents. Thank you!

Hi everyone.

My name is Mary Zimak, and I am one of the twin daughters of my father, Gary. I am writing this today because I want you to know something unique about me.

I have a mild form of autism known as Pervasive Development Disorder, or simply PDD. I was diagnosed with this form of autism when I was four years old. I actually don’t remember being diagnosed with it because I was so young—in fact, I never knew I had it until my parents told me many years later.

Since then, there have been many strengths and weaknesses of PDD that I have had over the years. Here are a few examples:


-I have a good memory. Whenever my parents ask me about something that had happened in the past (such as where we went or when we went there), I usually remember when they can’t.

-I am good at Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. Whenever my family doesn’t know the answer to a question, I immediately know the answer right away, depending on what the question is about.

-I like going to local events and young adult groups that are specifically designed for people with special needs. I have made several new friends there and I always look forward to going to these places.

-Because of my PDD, I tend to have “unique” obsessions. Two of my current ones are YouTube and Spotify.


-Sometimes when someone in our family mentions something I liked or did in the past (i.e. a certain TV show or movie I grew up watching, something that happened to me in elementary school, etc.), it tends to upset me. (Once, a few years ago, my parents were on YouTube looking up several theme songs and/or segments from several TV shows I grew up watching. Thankfully, I wasn’t in the room with them, but I’d probably start crying if I was.)

-I tend to get angry very easily, especially when it comes to something I don’t understand in math. (Sometimes if I’m working on a math problem, it easily frustrates me because I’m having trouble understanding it.)

-I have trouble adjusting to changes in a routine. (I’m not going to give an example of this because it’s pretty self-explanatory.)

I would take the time to write more, but these are some of the many strengths and weaknesses of PDD that I have had over the years. If any of you reading this have PDD or some similar form of it, then maybe you can relate to some of the things I mentioned above. One thing to remember: You’re not alone. God made every one of us unique and He loves us all, no matter what!

Thank you for reading this and have a great day!!

~Mary Zimak

Let’s Give Up Worry For Lent – TOGETHER!

Are you serious about giving up worry for Lent? Well, I have good news for you! Beginning on Ash Wednesday (Mar 6), I’ll be offering advice every Wednesday at 6:35 AM ET on EWTN Radio’s The Son Rise Morning Show. If you’re reading Give Up Worry For Lent, this will give you a chance to see how you’re doing on a weekly basis. If not, that’s fine too. You can still get some weekly help for breaking free from worry and turning to the Lord. It doesn’t matter how many years you’ve been worrying. Now is the time to break free. Are you ready?

Let’s Do This!

How Important Is Love?

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

A Reflection on the Mass Readings for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing. (1 Cor 13:1-3)

When taken as a whole, the readings from this Sunday?s Mass are incredibly powerful. If we fail to do that and selectively choose our favorite concepts, however, we can easily get into big trouble and completely miss the point. Yes, it?s important to live our Catholic Faith and speak the truth, but there?s more to it than that. As St. Paul clearly states, we must do it with love. Otherwise, we are doing more harm than good.

The Gospel and First Reading for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time remind us of the importance of speaking the truth and expecting opposition, but the Second Reading lays down some important groundwork. As Christians, all that we say or do must be done with charity. And, although it sounds simple, it is not always easy.

You don?t need me to tell you that there is a great deal of nastiness on social media. Some of it is just mean spirited ugliness, but there is another kind that is more insidious. What often begins as an attempt to evangelize or share the truth sometimes turns into name calling or worse. Just because we are pro-life or pro-Catholic doesn?t give us the right to belittle or berate those who disagree with our position. Those individuals we attack are sons and daughters of our Father. They are our brothers and sisters in Christ. Far from being empty rhetoric, this is the absolute truth. God loves them and so must we. Have I violated this principle in the past? You bet. It was a painful lesson to learn, but I now know that I was wrong.

Jesus wants us to speak the truth, but He expects us to do it with love. It can be difficult, but with His grace it is possible. It?s not a suggestion, it?s a commandment. As Christians, it?s what we do!

?I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.? (John 13:34)

Looking to bring the leading Catholic speaker on anxiety to your parish or conference? Gary Zimak is now booking parish missions, retreats and talks for 2019 and beyond. Click HERE to find out more!

Listen To Your Blessed Mother!

In Sunday?s Gospel, we hear of a wedding reception that took place two thousand years ago at Cana in Galilee. At this celebration, Jesus performed His first miracle and turned water into wine. And, while the focus is understandably on Jesus, there are some important details about the Blessed Mother that should not be overlooked.

The Guest List ? Take a look at St. John?s list of wedding guests. Did you notice that Mary is listed first? She is even mentioned before Jesus. It seems apparent that the evangelist is trying to call attention to her presence. Mary is there for a reason.

The Problem ? Mary approaches her Son and informs Him that the wine had run out. She didn?t tell Him how or when to fix the problem. Her exact words were, ?They have no wine?. This tells us something about Mary. Her motherly concern allowed her to discover a potentially embarrassing problem for the bride and groom. Instead of trying to solve the problem on her own, she brought it to the attention of Jesus.

The Reaction ? At first it appears that Jesus is rebuking His mother, but that is not the case. While it is true that Jesus appears to object (“Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.?), Mary immediately went to the servers and instructed them to obey His instructions. Why would she do this if she thought He was denying her request? In reality, Mary knew that her Son was about to respond to her plea and save the day.

The Takeaway ? As our Heavenly Mother, Mary is always watching over us and looking for the problem areas in our lives. If she sees that we?re in trouble, she goes to Jesus and intercedes on our behalf. As illustrated by this story, Jesus takes her intercession very seriously. If we were wise, we?d get to know the Blessed Mother and ask for her assistance frequently. It would also be a good idea to pay attention to her final recorded words in Scripture?

?Do whatever He tells you.?

After looking at those words, it?s easy to understand why we never see another quote from her in the pages of the Bible.

What else needs to be said?

Listen To Your Blessed Mother by Gary Zimak

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Oh No! Jesus Is Coming And I?m Not Ready?

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How?s your Advent going?

With Christmas a few days away and Advent winding to a close, you may be questioning my timing. We?ve had three weeks to get rid of the clutter in our lives and make room for Jesus. Isn?t it too late to do anything about it now? Fortunately for us, it?s never too late.

It may seem out of place to focus on Good Friday as we prepare to celebrate Christmas, but one of the many lessons that Christ teaches us from the Cross is that it?s never too late to repent and turn to Him. Do you remember the ?good thief? who was being crucified next to Jesus? If anyone ever had a reason to despair, it was this guy! But, while bound to a cross and preparing to die for his crimes, he owned up to his misdeeds and pleaded for mercy:

?Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.? (Luke 23:42)

The Lord?s response gives us an idea of how merciful He can be when we approach Him with repentant hearts.

?Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.? (Luke 23:43)

Jesus knew that the thief was limited in what he could do and didn?t hold it against him. In a similar way, He also knows that we only have a few days to prepare for His arrival. Rather than despair over wasted time, let?s use these final days to make room for Him. I guarantee it?s not too late!

Jesus, I?m sorry that I wasted time during the Advent season. I invite you to come into my heart now and transform me. Increase my desire to follow you in all areas of my life. Just as you did with the ?good thief?, I know you will hear and answer my prayer. Amen.

Looking to bring the leading Catholic speaker on anxiety to your parish or conference? Gary Zimak is now booking parish missions, retreats and talks for 2019 and beyond. Click HERE to find out more!

Give Up Worrying In The New Year!

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How do you feel about New Year?s resolutions? For years I thought the concept was silly, but I?ve grown to appreciate it. Resolutions are especially important when it comes to the spiritual life. Looking back at the past year, most of us would probably admit that we could have done a better job in the ?following Jesus? category. But, instead of feeling discouraged, I recommend that we embrace the idea of the fresh start that arrives on January 1st. Furthermore, I propose that we target one of the most physically and spiritually damaging practices known to man…


You Have Limited Control

It’s no secret that I have wasted years worrying about all kinds of issues. I have spoken from coast to coast and written numerous books on my personal struggle with worry. It is a battle that I fought unsuccessfully for years until I discovered the secret. In order to break free from the worry trap, I must first acknowledge my weakness. In other words, I must accept the fact that there are many things in life that I cannot control. Although this doesn’t come easy for the typical worrier (because worrying is generally a control issue), it is an important first step. On the flip side, there are some things that I can control. When I speak about worry, I always give the following advice – if there’s something you can do about your problem, do it! God expects us to use our limited ability to do what we can.

God Has Total Control

Once we do what we can and admit that we have limited control over our lives, we need to recognize that someone has total control. Even though it may not feel like it at times, God is one hundred percent in control of my life, your life and everything that happens in the Universe. Nothing happens without His permission. And, while we can’t say that He causes or wills everything (such as evil), everything that happens (good or bad) is permitted by God. This is an important point and you must accept it if you wish to find peace. You might be powerless over certain things, but God is not. He is always in control. If you lose sight of that fact, you will soon be consumed by stress.

He Wants To Help You

If God was willing to become man and live among us (John 1:14), doesn’t it make sense that He cares about the problems we face each day? Unfortunately, we often live our lives as if that is not the case. We are told several times in the Bible that Jesus had pity on various individuals. This isn’t just flowery rhetoric. It is an example of just how much He cares about you. If you’re worried about your job, your health, your marriage or even finding a parking spot in a crowded lot, Jesus cares and wants to help. Because He respects your free will, however, He will not force His way into your life. You must give Him permission to help!

“Behold I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)

Ask And You Shall Receive

By now, I’m sure you figured out the next step. Turn to the Lord and ask for help with all of your problems, including your lack of trust. We’re often afraid to tell Him that we don’t trust Him. Take it from me – He already knows. In addition to the fact that He can read our thoughts, we express our distrust every time we worry. Therefore, don’t be afraid to ask Jesus to help your lack of trust.

Give Up Worrying In 2019!

I don’t care how many times you have tried in the past, make a resolution to give up worrying in 2019. With the help of Jesus Christ, it is totally possible. If you’re on the West Coast, I invite you to attend my Give Up Worrying In The New Year retreat on Jan 25-27, 2019 at the Mary and Joseph Retreat Center in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Click on the following banner for more information.

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Feel free to email me if I can help in any way. Because I am anxious by nature, I understand what you’re going through. The Lord has helped me and He can help you. Now is the time to make the decision to turn to Him.

Let’s make 2019 the year that you finally break free from worry!

Looking to bring the leading Catholic speaker on anxiety to your parish or conference? Gary Zimak is now booking parish missions, talks and retreats for 2019 and beyond. Click HERE to find out how to bring Gary to your church!

REJOICE!!! Jesus Is Almost Here…


Wait a minute, you may ask?Jesus Christ was born two thousand years ago and lives among us today. Why should I look forward to welcoming Someone who is already here?

Maybe it will help to look at it this way. We may not realize it, but there are areas in each of our lives that remain closed to Jesus. It could be our finances, marriage, job, leisure time or any number of things. If I follow the recommendations of the Church and spend a little more time praying, reading the Bible and receiving the Sacraments during Advent, these ?closed areas? will become apparent to me and I?ll have a chance to welcome the Lord to previously inaccessible areas of my life. That, my friends, is a BIG deal.

Therefore, keep your eye on the finish line and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the ?closed areas? of your life. Then, take the bold step of telling Jesus He is welcome in those areas. Finally, do what today?s readings recommend?

Rejoice, because the Lord always goes where He?s invited!

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How To Know God Is Working In Your Life (Part 4)

Over the past few weeks, I have offered suggestions on how you can know that God is listening to your prayers and working in your life. I suggested that you look for positive changes (things get a little better), negative changes (things get really bad) or attitude changes (nothing changes externally, but you feel hopeful). Given that wide range of options, however, it is entirely possible that despite your fervent prayers, you may not see any changes or feel more hopeful. Could this be the dreaded exception to the rule?

Fortunately for us, there is no way to prevent God from hearing our prayers. He hears us whenever we pray. There are no exceptions. The Bible supports this theory, as evidenced by the Lord?s words to the prophet Jeremiah:

?Then you will call upon me and come to pray to me and I will hear you.? (Jeremiah 29:12, emphasis mine)

That?s all well and good, but hearing and responding are two different things. Even if God hears our prayers, how do we know He is responding to them? To put it simply, we can be sure that God hears our prayers because Jesus said so!

?Ask, and it will be given you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.? (Matthew 7:7-8, emphasis mine)

While it is true that you may not get what you want when you want it, you will always receive an answer when you pray. Jesus said it and you can take it to the bank. Therefore, even if it appears that your prayers aren?t being answered, you can fall back on the inspired word of God for assurance. Don?t be swayed by your feelings or an apparent lack of response. When you pray, God hears you and will answer in some way when the time is right. Learning to recognize His presence in your life takes time and practice. Don?t give up. Keep praying with expectant hope. You will not be disappointed!

Are you looking for a unique Catholic Lenten parish mission? Gary Zimak is a dynamic and popular Catholic speaker and is recognized as the leading Catholic speaker on overcoming worry. We are now booking Give Up Worry For Lent parish missions for Lent of 2020 and beyond. Find out how you can bring Gary Zimak to your parish by clicking on the image below!

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