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Spirit in the Morning

Spirit in the Morning with Gary Zimak is an upbeat program designed to get your day off to the right start.

Your host, Gary Zimak, was born and raised in Philadelphia; eating many soft pretzels, Tastykakes and cheesesteaks along the way. Just like many of us, he has experienced the many ups and downs with the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers. He knows and loves the City of Brotherly Love!

Despite being ranked as the ninth largest radio market (according to the July 2016 Neilsen Audio Ratings), Philadelphia has never had a local Catholic morning radio show. That changed on October 10, 2016 when Spirit In The Morning debuted on Holy Spirit Radio in Philadelphia!

Every Monday thru Friday at 7 AM Eastern, Gary will help you to start your day with a mix of music, Scripture and inspiration. And you better believe that he will offer hope to his fellow “worriers”! If you’re outside of the Philadelphia area, the show also streams live on Holy Spirit Radio.org and TuneIn Radio.

If you would like to learn more about Gary Zimak or invite him to speak at your parish, please visit followingthetruth.com or email him at gary@holyspiritradio.org


Monday (Feb 20)

Happy Monday!

This morning we were joined by Dr. Kevin Vost, as we continued our discussion on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Today we focused on the gift of counsel. You can follow Dr. Vosy online at DrVost.com

We were also joined by Sister Ann Shields, the host of the popular program Food For The Journey. Sister shared her insights on the importance of the Bible to our daily lives.

Today’s music:

1. Holy Spirit – Francesca Battistelli
2. Lord I Need You – Matt Maher
3. All This Time – Britt Nicole

Saint of the Day: Blesseds Jacinta and Francisco Marto

Today’s Gospel Reading via USCCB

Be Not Afraid Bible Verse: I give thanks to my God always, remembering you in my prayers. (Philemon 1:4)

Thanks for listening and remember to share Jesus with those around you!


Tuesday (Feb 14)

Good Morning!

Today we were joined by Kelly Wahlquist, the founder of WINE (Women In The New Evangelization) who discussed her upcoming Lenten program.

We were also joined by Danielle Bean, who spoke about her new book and retreat, You’re Worth It. Find out more at DanielleBean.com

Today’s music:

1. Open Hands – Laura Story (ft Mac Powell)
2. Rise – Danny Gokey
3. Battles – The Afters

Saint of the Day: Saints Cyril and Methodius

Today’s Gospel Reading via USCCB

Be Not Afraid Bible Verse: We walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Cor 5:7)

Thanks for listening. Please continue to spread the word about Spirit In The Morning!


Wednesday (Feb 15)


Happy Wednesday! Today we were joined by Fr. Tony Cutcher who discussed the work of the National Federation Of Priests’ Council. You can find out more HERE.

We also had the opportunity to chat with Meghan Cokeley, the director of the Office of New Evangelization for the Archdiocese Of Philadelphia. Follow them online at PhillyEvang.org

Today’s music:

1. Already There – Casting Crowns
2. Hold Me – Jamie Grace (ft TobyMac)
3. Magnify – We Are Messengers

Saint of the Day: Saint Claude de la Colombière

Today’s Gospel Reading via USCCB

Be Not Afraid Bible Verse: I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; They will strike at your head, while you strike at their heel. (Gen 3:15)

Thanks for listening and have a blessed day!


Thursday (Feb 16)

Happy Thursday!

Today we were joined by our friend Lisa Hendey. We discussed some ways to prepare for Lent. Follow her online at CatholicMom.com 

We also had the opportunity to chat with author Chris Stepien about his book Dying To Be Happy. You can order his book at DynamicCatholic.com

Today’s Gospel Reading via USCCB

Saint of the Day: Saint Gilbert of Sempringham

Today’s Music:

1. Jesus – Chris Tomlin
2. God Is Watching Over You – Phil Joel
3. Fix My Eyes – for King & Country

Be Not Afraid Bible Verse – Then he told them a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. (Luke 18:1)

Thanks for listening and I hope to see you tonight at St. Rose of Lima in North Wales, PA at 7:30!


Friday (Feb 17)

Good Morning! I had a great time speaking at St. Rose of Lima parish in North Wales, PA last night. It was great to meet so many listeners!

Today we were joined by Damon Owens who discussed his upcoming appearance at Man Up Philly. You can follow him online HERE.

We also spoke Tony Rossi who taught us how to think more clearly.

In addition, we discussed Discovery Prayer with Dan Burke from SpiritualDirection.com

Today’s Gospel Reading via USCCB

Saint of the Day: Seven Founders of the Servite Order

Today’s Music:

1. I Shall Not Want – Audrey Assad
2. Call It Grace – Unspoken
3. In A Little While – Amy Grant

Be Not Afraid Bible Verse: Lovers of your law have much peace; for them there is no stumbling block. (Psalm 119:165)

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to listen to The Best Of Spirit In The Morning Saturday at noon on Holy Spirit Radio!