From a collection of the works of theologian Fr. Anthony Zimmerman. His website, called the Zimmerman Library, features books, articles, lectures and letters on doctrine, priesthood, marriage, life issues and other topics. Father Anthony Zimmerman, STD is a retired professor of Moral Theology at the Divine Word Seminary affiliated with Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan. Ordained in 1946, he has spent most of his life thereafter as a missionary in Japan. His doctoral thesis is on Papal Teachings and so-called overpopulation. He attended three World Population Congresses, Belgrade, Bucharest, and Mexico City. He brought Mother Teresa to Japan in 1981 and 1982 to oppose abortion and help the nation to become friendly toward natural family planning. About a million couples, mostly non-Christians, now practice NFP in Japan. He is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists, and of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population.
I once had the unforgettable experience of sitting for a long time on a bench just outside the Holy Sepulchre, reflecting on this scene. It was on the very spot where Mary turned to see Jesus. Somehow heaven never seemed closer to me. When Jesus spoke the word “Mary” she came out of her daze, and all the world was right again. You and I await a similar experience. After death, when Jesus greets us and calls us by name, our eternal happiness will begin. This world will be behind us, and we will be enraptured by the goodness and kindness of Jesus, and “my Father and your Father, my God and your God.” Eternal rest grant unto us, O Lord.
Date posted: 2010-05-10