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FAITH, Not Fear!

Are you struggling to find peace in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic?

I am thrilled to announce that I have been asked to lead a 2 night online Mini-Conference sponsored by the Women of Grace Benedicta Institute for Women!

Join me on March 25 and March 26, 2020 from 7:30 – 9:00 PM ET as I’ll help you to make the journey from FEAR to FAITH. I will be joined by Fr. Nathan Cromly on the first night and by Fr. Mitch Pacwa on the second night.

Click HERE to register for this Mini-Conference and get ready to move from FEAR to FAITH!

Are You Ready For Lent?

It’s hard to believe, but Lent is upon us! Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that we were enjoying the warmth of the summer sun or looking forward to Christmas? Now, it’s suddenly time to head into the desert and walk with Jesus as He prepares to carry His cross, die and rise from the dead!

The first recorded words of Jesus in Mark’s gospel remind us that, ready or not, it’s time to make a decision:

“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15)

Even if you have already chosen what you will be giving up (or doing) for Lent, I recommend that you take a close look at the above words. There are four important messages contained in this sentence.

Let’s take a look at each of them…

The time is fulfilled – Ready or not, Lent is here. I don’t know about you, but I like the fact that Lent has a concrete starting point. Otherwise, I would be tempted to put off doing all those things I should be doing to grow spiritually. The fact that Ash Wednesday begins on a specific calendar date gives me a sense of urgency about getting my spiritual life in order.

The Kingdom of God is at hand – With all of the craziness going on around us, it’s easy to lose sight of the nearness of God. Our life doesn’t have to be chaotic for us to become distracted. If we’re not careful, daily chores and responsibilities can consume our attention and cause us to lose sight of God’s presence. Jesus is reminding us that we don’t have to travel to a secluded island or an elaborate cathedral to encounter him. He is with us in the messiness of daily life.

Repent – This is an interesting word. Typically, we associate repentance with sin. While that can certainly be true, the Greek word used by Mark in his original manuscript (metanoéō) has a broader meaning. It literally means to “change one’s mind” or “think differently afterwards”. Faced with the knowledge that Lent is beginning and that God’s kingdom is near, Jesus challenges us to a radical conversion. Not only are we instructed to change our deeds (through acts of prayer, fasting and almsgiving), but the way we think as well.

Believe in the Gospel – It’s way too easy to dismiss this command as a “no brainer”, but that would be a huge mistake. Once again, the original Greek manuscript gives us some powerful insight. The word rendered in English as “believe” actually means “have faith in, trust in or have confidence in” in Greek. Can you imagine if you went into Lent with the goal of having greater trust in Jesus? It would be absolutely life-changing.

If you haven’t decided what to give up for Lent, I have a suggestion. My latest book, Give Up Worry For Lent, was recently ranked in the Top 100 of all books for sale on Amazon! While I am completely humbled and awestruck by that ranking, it shows that people are looking for the supernatural peace that can only be found in Jesus Christ. As someone who has always struggled with anxiety, I am honored that the Lord has chosen me to share this message with the world.

If you’re someone who tends to worry, I invite you to pick up a copy of the book and let’s walk together through the Lenten season. One day at a time, we’ll surrender control of our lives to the Lord. Instead of worrying about things that are out of our control, we’ll cast our cares on him. In other words, we’ll do our part and let Jesus do his part.

If you’re not a worrier, ask the Holy Spirit for the best way to respond to Jesus during the Lenten season. The time is now. The kingdom is near. Are you willing to allow your thoughts to be guided by the Holy Spirit so that you can think differently? Are you able to express confidence and trust in him?

I have a decision to make and so do you. The Lord clearly lays out what is needed for his followers. Lent gives us a chance to make it happen. What is your decision?

Have a blessed Lent. I’ll be praying for you. Please pray for me too!

Where Can I Buy Give Up Worry For Lent?

Once again this year, we are running into a “good” problem. As the Give Up Worry For Lent movement continues to grow, the book has completely sold out on Amazon! Yesterday, Give Up Worry For Lent was ranked in the Top 100 of ALL books offered for sale by Amazon. All Glory To God!

How To Order The Book

With Lent just a few days away, the lack of availability poses a problem for those of you who want to order the book in time for Ash Wednesday. The good news is that you have multiple options:

  1. You can order the Kindle version of the book HERE.
  2. You can order the book directly from Ave Maria Press (at a 20% discount and free shipping. Use promo code NOWORRY) HERE. (Contiguous US only. Offer expires April 13)
  3. You can order on Amazon HERE and the book will be shipped soon. Contrary to what the website says, a new supply of books was shipped to them last week. They just have to be recorded in their inventory system.

Also, don’t forget to “like” the Give Up Worry For Lent Facebook page for daily updates and comments from yours truly. In addition, you can listen to the weekly Give Up Worry For Lent segments on EWTN Radio’s The Son Rise Morning Show every Wednesday at 6:35 AM ET and each week on The Gary Zimak Show podcast.

As we walk together through the upcoming forty days, let’s decide to make 2020 the year when we finally Give Up Worry For Lent!

Trust Is A Decision…Not A Feeling!

 

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

Do you struggle to trust Jesus? Is it difficult to surrender your life to Him? You are not alone!

Here’s what you need to do. Take a look at the Divine Mercy image above and pray the words at the bottom. Repeat as often as needed. Wait a minute, you might ask. What about if I don’t feel like I trust Him? Wouldn’t that be lying?

Not at all! Trust is a decision, not a feeling. You can choose to trust the Lord even if you’re scared to death. But wait, it gets even better. The more you consciously decide to trust Jesus with your problems, the more your trust will grow. Try it out and see what happens.

By the way, in case you’re still not convinced, check out what St. Faustina had to say in her diary:

You know, Lord, how weak I am. I am an abyss of wretchedness, I am nothingness itself; so what will be so strange if You leave me alone and I fall? I am an infant, Lord, so I cannot get along by myself. However, beyond all abandonment I trust, and in spite of my own feeling I trust, and I am being completely transformed into trust-often in spite of what I feel.
(Diary, 1489, emphasis mine)

Jesus, I Trust In You!

An Update On The Status Of My Ministry

Gary Zimak and family in the studios of Holy Spirit Radio

There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens. A time to give birth, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant. A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear down, and a time to build. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them; a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces. A time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away. A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to be silent, and a time to speak.A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)

On January 6, 2012, a job layoff presented me with the chance to do “the impossible” – get out of the boat and enter into full time Catholic ministry. Over the course of the past six years, I have been blessed with many opportunities – numerous appearances on Catholic TV and Radio, speaking engagements from coast to coast and six published books. In addition, I have witnessed God provide for the needs of my family over and over.

Last year, the “full time” status of my ministry changed when I accepted a dream job as the host of Spirit In The Morning on Holy Spirit Radio in Philadelphia. Even though I hosted the program every morning, I continued to travel around the country leading parish missions and retreats. In the past several months, however, I have been feeling the call of the Holy Spirit to move away from the traveling and spend more time at home with my family. One day I’ll write more extensively about it, but the Lord spoke loud and clear through people, circumstances and feelings. It was time to move on.

Earlier this week I accepted a full time position as Director of Parish Services at Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Parish in North Wales, PA. I will be responsible for adult faith formation, RCIA, parish missions, retreats and much more. It is a fantastic job that will allow me to do what I love the most – lead souls to Christ. In addition, I will continue to host Spirit In The Morning and do my weekly segments on EWTN Radio’s The Son Rise Morning Show. My daily podcasts (Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled and The Gary Zimak Show) will be discontinued, as will any speaking engagements that require travel and monthly segments on Catholic Community Radio and Iowa Catholic Radio.

I can’t begin to express my gratitude to the Lord, my Blessed Mother, my family (especially my incredibly supportive wife Eileen) and all of you who supported me with your donations, prayers and words of encouragement. I am in awe of what God has done in my life. Take it from me, He can and will perform miracles in your life if you give him the chance. Even though things are changing for me, it’s all good and I am totally peaceful with the changes.

Please pray for me as I enter into a new and exciting phase of ministry. As long as I’m following His lead, I know I’ll be just fine!

For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)

An Easy Way To Prepare For Total Consecration!

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

Listen to internet radio with Gary Zimak on Blog Talk Radio

?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?