One year after the recall
of Father Henry La Praz to God, his life of suffering still remains
a living example and a constant encouragement in tribulations to
many of the faithful.
We dedicate these few pages
to all those who said their Rosaries, offered their Communions,
had Masses said so that God would grant Father La Praz all the graces
which sustained his calvary; to all those who, without meeting him,
loved him in the heart of God.
We are aware of the imperfections
of this book and of the difference in style of the various authors
concerned. Moreover these pages are incomplete. The life of Father
La Praz is only briefly described. Nevertheless the work involved
in making the synthesis of his medical file and his life, short
certainly but of an uncommon fullness, made us decide not to attempt
a more detailed publication which would have taken a particularly
long time and, above all, would have deprived the faithful for whom
Father La Praz was the model of priest and victim.
It contains, in fact, above
all, the notes of the 1985 retreat which perfectly define what was
the mainspring of his life, the “Todo-Nada” (All or Nothing) of
St. John of the Cross, as well as some of the extracts from his
mother's diary for the year 1982, a heart-rending account of a Calvary
Let us make it clear that
this publication might never have seen the light of day without
the collaboration and the enthusiasm of Father Daniel Couture who
had devoted an issue of St. John's Bulletin in Ireland to the memory
of Father La Praz.
We submit these pages in
advance to the judgement of the Church to whom belongs the prerogative
of passing judgement upon the sanctity of a life. May this completely
priestly life revive in Christian households the esteem as well
as the understanding of the spirit of sacrifice together with the
love of giving oneself to God and to the life of the Church.