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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.

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Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary – What Are You Waiting For?

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 Sunday, September 4, 2016 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 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!

Make Your Total Consecration Now!


Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak leads his listeners through Total Consecration

Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary is a life changing experience that is becoming increasingly popular. Since first consecrating my life in October 2011, I have led approximately 3,000 individuals through the process on my nightly radio show. Total Consecration preparation has become an annual Fall event on The Gary Zimak Show. Due to popular demand, I am consolidating all of this year’s preparation podcasts into one place. If you would like to go through the 33 day preparation using 33 Days To Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley, the show links appear below. In addition to Fr. Gaitley’s material, I offer comments and advice that I have learned from my experience. Each day is clearly labeled. I have also included my introductory programs and follow up shows. Feel free to email me if you have any questions

Get ready for an exciting adventure. Mary is waiting for your permission to do great things in your life. She will lead you closer to Jesus than you ever thought possible!

To obtain copies of the book or learn more about Total Consecration (such as a list of recommended starting dates), visit the website.

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10 Great Tips To Help You PRAY (not just SAY) The Rosary!


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Since October is the month dedicated to the rosary, I thought it would be appropriate to revisit a topic I addressed several years ago. If you one of the many individuals who struggle with the rosary, these thoughts may help…

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak offers 10 tips for praying the rosary

I’ve always found praying the Rosary to be difficult. Although I love the Blessed Mother and understand the importance of the devotion, it just doesn’t come easy to me. In reality, I have no problem SAYING the prayers, the problem arises in transforming the words into a heartfelt prayer. Furthermore, many books tell us how to SAY to Rosary, with only a few instructing us how we should PRAY it. In an attempt to discover the “secret” of this beloved prayer, I’ve done a lot of research and uncovered 10 great (I can say that in all humility because they’re not mine!) tips to help you PRAY (not just SAY) the Rosary!

1. Less Is More – In his book, The Rosary of Our Lady, Msgr. Romano Guardini offers the following advice:

“It is not necessary to ramble through the whole Rosary; it is better to say only one or two decades, and to say them right.”

Talk about removing the pressure! I’ve always struggled to make sure I complete the entire Rosary, even if it meant that I wasn’t paying attention. Now I realize that quality is more important than quantity.

2. You Are Not Alone – A great proponent of Marian devotion, St. Louis de Montfort urges us to be aware of our company while praying the rosary. In The Secret of the Rosary, Montfort reminds us that, when we pray the Rosary, we should put ourselves in God’s presence and imagine that He (along with the Blessed Mother) is watching us and that our guardian angel is standing to our right. If we say the prayers well, our angel will use them to make crowns for Jesus and Mary. Thinking about this before beginning to pray helps us to realize that we are doing A LOT more than just repeating pious words!

3. Watch What You Say – St. Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei, contributes a simple, but often overlooked suggestion. He encourages us to pronounce each Our Father and Hail Mary clearly and without rushing. In doing so, we will better express our love for Mary and Jesus. When praying the Rosary, it’s easy to fall into the trap of mumbling and our rushing through the prayers. Remembering that the Our Father was handed down to us from Jesus and that most of the Hail Mary is taken directly from Scripture should help us to recall that the words DO mean something!

4. Been There, Done That – When we look at Mary’s life, we sometimes overlook her many struggles. Like us, Mary was forced to endure suffering and difficulties, often without a lot of explanation. Being the Mother of God didn’t make her all knowing. The Bible tells us that Mary experienced confusion and had to seek understanding through prayer. In her book, The Splendor of the Rosary, Maisie Ward (Catholic author, publisher and wife of noted apologist Frank Sheed) stated:

“In the Rosary we rejoice, sorrow and triumph with Our Lady as she walks the same path we have to walk. But now she has reached the end.”

When we pray the Rosary, we should remember that Mary understands our problems and confusion. By meditating on the events in her life and the life of her Son, we can obtain help for our daily struggles from someone who is now in a place where we’d like to someday be!

5. Listen To The Word – In his Apostolic Letter, Rosarium Virginis Mariae (On The Most Holy Rosary), Saint John Paul II recommends that we supplement our Rosary meditations with Bible reading. After announcing the individual mystery, the late Holy Father encourages us to read an appropriate Bible passage. While this is not always possible (if we are praying while walking or driving, for instance), we can still mentally recall the details of an appropriate Bible story. This underscores the importance of becoming familiar with Sacred Scripture.

6. Savor The Repetition – Sometimes it feels as if praying the Rosary is just “repeating a bunch of words”! In fact, one of the criticisms of the Rosary is that it is nothing more than “vain repetition”. In his book, The World’s First Love: Mary, Mother of God, Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen addresses those who consider the rosary to be monotonous. Using the analogy of a husband telling his wife “I love you” or a mother proclaiming “you’re a good boy” to her child, Sheen stresses that the words mean something different at each point in time that they are repeated. In the same way, each time we pray the Rosary, we are saying “I love you” to God, the Trinity, to Jesus and to Mary. With each successive bead (or decade) the meaning shifts as we contemplate a new aspect of Jesus or Mary’s love.

7. Do Whatever He Tells You – Praying the Rosary, no matter how devoutly, is never a substitute for following the commands of Jesus and His Church. The Rosary should spur us on to live the mysteries in our daily life. In his book, The Sermons of St. Francis de Sales on Our Lady, St. Francis de Sales had this to say:

“The worldly-minded imagine that devotion to Our Lady usually consists in carrying a rosary in their cincture. It seems to them that it is enough to pray it a number of times without doing anything else. In this they are greatly mistaken. For our dear Mistress wants us to do what her Son commands us (John 2:5) and considers as done to herself the honor we give to her Son by keeping His commandments.”

8. Think – In the preface of Father Peyton’s Rosary Prayer Book: The Family That Prays Together Stays Together, Fr. Patrick Peyton reminds us that the Rosary is more than a series of prayers to be recited. Rather, it is “a series of thoughts to be dwelt on, to be turned over in the mind, to be applied in daily life.” While we are saying the words of the prayers, we should be meditating upon the mysteries. That was a hard concept for me to understand, but it’s the key to unleashing the power of the Rosary.

9. Grow In Virtue
– Mother Angelica loves the Rosary. In her book, The Prayers and Personal Devotions of Mother Angelica, she discusses how to use the Rosary to grow in virtue:

“If you’re not making progress in one virtue, say your Rosary and meditate on that virtue as Our Lord practiced it. I cannot get over my faults and weaknesses if I don’t substitute those faults and weaknesses for something of God. This is precisely why the life of Jesus and the reading of Scripture and the rosary never seem to change us – why we remain the same: Because to change you need to admire someone other than yourself.”

10. Ask Mary For Help – This one’s so obvious that it’s easy to overlook! This simple, but powerful suggestion comes from a list (Tips On Praying The Rosary More Devoutly) put together by The Association of the Miraculous Medal in Perryville, MO. Before beginning the Rosary, we should ask Our Blessed Mother to help us pray devoutly.

Although the Rosary follows a simple pattern, it can be a very challenging prayer to master. Rest assured that many of the Saints struggled with it too. If you find it difficult to pray the Rosary, try out these tips and see what happens. It might take a little time, but eventually your persistence will pay off. The next time you pick up your rosary beads, imagine that you’re holding Mary’s hand and taking a trip to visit Jesus. For when we pray the Rosary, that’s exactly what happens!

?The Rosary is the most beautiful and the most rich in graces of all prayers; it is the prayer that touches most the Heart of the Mother of God?and if you wish peace to reign in your homes, recite the family Rosary.? (Pope Saint Pius X)

Get Ready For Total Consecration 2015!


Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak will once again be leading Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary on his radio show

Would you like to grow closer to Jesus?

Could you use some help?

Do you wish to become a saint one day?

Beginning on September 4th, I’ll once again be leading Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary on my daily BlogTalkRadio show. This year, we’ll be using the acclaimed book 33 Days To Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley as the basis for our 33 day preparation. Even better is that you can order a discounted copy of the book (US or Canada only) from our friends at the Children of the Father Foundation!

What exactly is Total (or Marian) consecration? According to Fr. Gaitley, Marian consecration means “giving Mary our full permission to complete her motherly task in us, which is to form us into other Christs”. The preparation period will involve 33 days of meditation and prayer, based on the spirituality of St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximillian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa and Blessed Pope John Paul II. After making our way through the preparation phase we will then make (or renew) or Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary on October 7th, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.

Why should you consecrate your life to Jesus through Mary? Here are a few reasons…

“The more we honor the Blessed Virgin, the more we honor Jesus Christ, because we honor Mary only that we may more perfectly honor Jesus, since we go to her only as the way by which we are to find the end we are seeking, which is Jesus.” (Saint Louis de Montfort)

“There is no surer or easier way than Mary in uniting all men with Christ.” (Pope St. Pius X)

“We are convinced without any doubt that devotion to Our Lady is essentially joined with devotion to Christ.” (Pope Paul VI)

“If you want to grow in perfection, you cannot advance by yourselves – you need a guide. Hence, when you go to God, go through Mary and with Mary !” (Saint Maximilian Kolbe)

Interested? Want to find out more? You can sign up in 3 easy steps. Here’s how:

STEP 1 (Sign Up)

Enter your email address below and press the “Join Now” button and you’ll be placed on our email mailing list. You’ll then receive an email (from me), asking you to confirm your registration by clicking on a link. Don’t skip this step! You need to do this in order to be placed on the mailing list. I’ll be sending out periodic emails to provide more information and guide you through the process. I WILL NOT share your email address with anyone!

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STEP 2 (Get your discounted copy of 33 Days To Morning Glory)

My friends at the Children of the Father Foundation are offering copies of “33 Days To Morning Glory” (booklet form) for a donation of $4 each. To receive your booklet, simply visit their website and place your order. Although we work closely with each other, the Children of the Father Foundation and Following The Truth are 2 separate apostolates. Therefore, you must contact them with any questions about your booklet orders. Please note that the offer is only valid for residents of the US or Canada.

STEP 3 (Tune in to The Gary Zimak Show on BlogTalkRadio beginning on September 3)

Although the actual 33 day preparation period begins on Friday, September 4th, I’ll spend Thursday of that week discussing Total Consecration and providing more information about the process. I’ve led over 2,000 people through Total Consecration over the past 4 years and I’m looking for another big year in 2015. Whether you’re renewing your consecration (like me) or making it for the first time, we’ll walk together over the 33 day preparation period. In addition to my nightly radio show, I’ll be available by email to answer your questions and/or encourage you.

So, get ready and be prepared for your life to change in some BIG ways. Jesus is waiting to get to know you better and Mary is ready to take you by the hand and lead you to Him!

Heading To Alabama To Talk About The Blessed Mother!


Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak will be discussing Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary in Birmingham, Alabama

If you’re in the Birmingham, AL area I hope you can join me on Wednesday, August 19 at Our Lady Of Sorrows parish. I’ll be speaking about the power of Marian Consecration. On October 7, 2011 I consecrated my life to Jesus through Mary and the results have been amazing. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Please join us for this special evening if you can. You won’t regret it!

Also, on September 4, I’ll once be leading the 33 day preparation for Total Consecration on my nightly BlogTalkRadio show. This is the fifth consecutive year that we’ve done it and I’d love you to join us. Stay tuned for details!

Gary Zimak is the author of “Faith, Hope & Clarity: How To Know God’s Will”, “A Worrier?s Guide To The Bible”, “Listen To Your Blessed Mother”, and “From Fear To Faith”. He is a frequent speaker at parishes and conferences across the United States and Canada, has an international radio following and is recognized as the leading Catholic speaker on the topic of overcoming anxiety. In addition to hosting his own daily radio show on BlogTalkRadio, Gary is a regular guest on EWTN television and radio.

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

Talking About Mary On Catholic Community Radio


Catholic Speaker Gary Zimak on the Wake Up show on Catholic Community Radio

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Wake Up! program in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Each morning Jeff Blackwell, Johnny Hebert and Karen Hornsby do a great job providing a dose of news, faith and fun. Today (direct from my home in New Jersey) I was able to join my friends in Louisiana to discuss the Blessed Mother. Our topic was “What If Mary Said, ‘No’?” and you can listen to the segment here.

Stay tuned, because I’m about to announce some very exciting news about something that I’ll be working on with the Wake Up crew. I think you’ll be pleased!

To Jesus Through Mary…One More Time!


Catholic Speaker Gary Zimak discusses his renewal of Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary

To Jesus Through Mary!

Three years ago on October 7, 2011 I formally placed my life in the hands of my Blessed Mother, Mary. On that day, along with several hundred listeners of my nightly radio show, my wife and I consecrated our lives to Jesus though Mary using the method popularized by St. Louis de Montfort. Earlier today at Mass, Eileen and I once again renewed our Total Consecration to Jesus though Mary. As has been the case for the past three years, we were joined (spiritually) by my listeners. To date, I have been fortunate to lead approximately 2,500 individuals through the Total Consecration process.

I would like to thank all of you who participated in the Total Consecration process with me. It has been a privilege to guide you through the 33 day preparation period. I’m grateful for your prayers, support and financial contributions. I can’t wait to hear about the great things Our Lady accomplishes in your lives. I’m also thankful to Tony Mullen and Ray Mooney from Once again, they have generously provided the consecration materials free of charge. Most importantly, I’d like to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for sharing His mother with me. I am beyond grateful for that gift!

For those of you who have not made your Total Consecration, I strongly encourage you to do so. Entrusting your life to Mary will bring you closer to Jesus than you ever thought possible. Please contact me if you’d like more information about this devotion. It’s the best move you’ll ever make!

Here’s How Total Consecration Will Work…


Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak explains the process of Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary

Believe it or not, the annual Following The Truth 33 day preparation for Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary begins in less than two weeks! If you haven’t already done so, click HERE to find out more information, sign up and receive your FREE Total Consecration book. While more information will be coming via email and on my show, here is a preliminary schedule:

Monday, September 1 – Pre-preparation begins on my nightly Following The Truth radio program with a series of three (Monday through Wednesday) radio shows dedicated to explaining Total Consecration and answering your questions).

Thursday, September 4 – The 33 day preparation for Total Consecration begins. The preparation process is broken into four parts:

1. Emptying Self Of The Spirit of the World (12 days)
2. Gaining Self-Knowledge And Sorrow For Sins (7 days)
3. Gaining a fuller knowledge of Our Lady (7 days)
4. Gaining a fuller knowledge of Jesus Christ (7 days)

Tuesday, October 7 – We make (or renew) our Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary!

If you have any questions about the process, please email me. Get ready…this is going to be powerful!