I have in front of me the letter of a subscriber of “L'INFORMATEUR catholique” and "fervent" reader of this chronicle. In this missive, Ms. R. from Saskatchewan "complains" that the Lord is "silent" with Canadians. She "sees" that the Lord is voluble in the United States, England, France and all over the world, but nothing here!
The flare of the maples on the gold of the linden trees ... The radiance of the shores of the St. Lawrence River transfigured by the autumnal light ... The majesty of the waterfalls on the rapids ... The squirrels dancing in the parks ... and especially the warm welcome of the good people from Quebec ... Who could have imagined such a trip?
Léandre left us a message at the end of the magnificent retreat he preached. He largely resumed the message already left in volume 3 of "For the Happiness of My Own, My Chosen Ones." The following echoes are just a few of the many testimonials of gratitude that the sixty or so participants wrote to us.
From the 12th to the 17th of August, Roc-Estello had the joy of welcoming Léandre Lachance, who had come to preach a retreat. Léandre is now more than a friend, he is a true brother for our house. We witnessed, during five days, the shower of thanksgiving that fell on the participants. As many as fifty participants, from all over France and elsewhere, were able to deepen the fundamental message that our Canadian friend continues to develop: "Because love loves you and you let yourself be loved, you become free, you become true, you become love "which is like an echo to the first letter of Saint John:" Here is what love is: it is not we who have loved God, it is He, who loved us first".
I received a letter from Cardinal Janis Pujats, Metropolitan Archbishop Emeritus of Riga (Latvia), which greatly pleased me.
I did not know this man of God, but he had already read the volumes “For the Happiness of My Own, My Chosen Ones. Jesus.” The Cardinal was deeply touched by the reading of Volume I of this series.
In our everyday life, we sometimes make harsh judgments about others. More and more, in my life, I try not to fall into this trap. I share a lived experience that really made me think.
On the occasion of my birthday, in January 1989, my children gave me a big, blank book saying, "What you have passed on to us, we do not want it to be lost; do you want to write it?” If there is one thing I never thought I would do, it is to write a book. I did not think I had that talent, neither the pen nor the skill. As this desire came from my children, out of love for them and especially for my grandchildren, I set to work, not without difficulty. In December 1989: "For the Happiness of My Own, 42 ingredients to reach the summit" was born. My children were the first to receive it, and afterwards I distributed it to friends. Mission accomplished, I put away my pencil ...
"Let's ask God a true faith "
Léandre Lachance (Canada) received between 1996 and 2002 very beautiful teachings of the Lord, gathered in the trilogy "For the Happiness of My Own, My Chosen Ones, Jesus" (3 volumes available in Europe at Editions du Parvis). Jesus then sent Léandre on a "mission", through the conferences and retreats in which he participates. Highly appreciated especially for his simplicity, gentleness and clear manner of dealing with everything related to God, Léandre answers our questions in the particular context of the Year of Faith.
We cannot talk of a retreat, let alone the one we participated in Canada, in order to join our friend Léandre. It is no longer reasonable for him to come to Europe, therefore, we went to him ... Love is madness. When one has the chance (as such is the case) to have such a witness, one must take advantage of it. Our Christmas gift will be to share with our readers a little of the joy that fills our hearts after living a few days with Léandre in his "Belle Province".
A message of love for our time was transmitted by Léandre from the Lord. It is God who chooses his witnesses. We do not proclaim ourselves a witness, we humbly accept that we are only a "little messenger". True humility is the guarantee of authenticity.
At Sainte-Baume, where Mary Magdalene lived and died, near Marseille, France. True charity, in fact, consists not only in giving oneself, as is often said, but in radiating through our words and actions, the presence of the love of God that dwells in us.
Léandre Lachance and his wife Élisabeth gave us the grace to come to host the Family Retreat this summer at Roc-Estello. Léandre receives in his deep heart Messages of Jesus of which he is only the "Commissioner" - but if he totally disappears before these Messages, it remains that the presence of his couple with in their heart 5 children and 16 grandchildren - was a living testimony of the quality of the Messenger. Here he is speaking about the spirituality of the Chosen Ones.
His books are a hit! In a few weeks, the first edition was exhausted. Would Léandre Lachance, a business leader nearing retirement, move from the business community to that of best-selling authors? The title of his work: For the Happiness of My Own, My Chosen Ones - Jesus does not leave any room for speculation about the adopted literary genre. It would be a collection of presumed "messages" of Jesus captured during the author's daily meditations. Nothing less!
But Léandre Lachance did not fall on his head. I was able to realize this during the interview he gave me in his comfortable condo, with a splendid bucolic view of the Sherbrooke golf course.
A calm, confident, practical man who, at the height of his career, ran various businesses, including an insurance brokerage of more than a hundred employees and twenty offices. The character thus has his feet firmly anchored on earth. And he has no symptoms of mystical delirium.