What a powerful Faith and Good Counsel episode with Gary Zimak talking about his lifelong journey with debilitating anxiety. I have been very happy to receive quite a bit of feedback from listeners on how Gary’s honesty and courage have helped so many of you. That’s what Faith and Good Counsel is all about.
If you missed this episode of Faith and Good Counsel, I hope you will listen to the archived show below to hear Gary share his struggle with anxiety, and how his faith has helped him to become the peaceful servant of the Lord that he is today. Truly, anxiety is rampant in our society, and his story has struck a chord with so many of you. How refreshing and inspiring to hear this gentleman’s testimony of the healing he experienced as he walked the path of redemptive suffering, actively dove into the practice of his Catholic faith as a remedy for his anxiety, and experienced the great fruits of obedience and docility to the tenets of our faith. I am so grateful to Gary for agreeing to share his story with you!
Prayer For An End To Worry (From Gary’s blog – Missionaries Oblates of Mary Immaculate)
Jesus, you know I am a worrier. I don’t want to be. I believe that God, our Father, will take care of me, but sometimes I question the strength of my faith. Many times, I give my worries to You, and then I take them back. Help me to take control of those worries I can do something about and let go of the worries that are out of my hands. I fret about many things, yet from experience, I know that you take care of my needs. No matter what happens, I can count on You to be by my side. Still at times I am weak, questioning my own abilities, and before I know it, again I am worrying. You are my hope, Jesus and I trust You. Heal me of this weakness, Jesus. Give me peace of mind. Help me direct my energy to action, not worry. Amen.
Saints, Prayers, and Devotions for those who struggle with Anxiety:
- St. Dymphna (Mental & Nervous problems)
- St. Padre Pio: “Pray, Hope, and Don’t worry!”
- Saint John Paul II: “Be Not Afraid!”
- St. Faustina: “Jesus, I Trust in You”
- Our Lady of Sorrows
- The Divine Mercy Devotion
- Litany of Humility