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36. Qualities in Those to be Ordained

1. A man who receives the sacrament of orders is set tolead others. Therefore, he should be a man of holy and exemplarylife. Yet this is a requirement of precept and of propriety; it isnot of the essence of the sacrament. Even a sinful man who receivesorders is validly ordained, although he does great wrong inaccepting ordination.

2. A candidate for orders should have knowledge adequatefor the proper discharge of his sacred duties. He must have asufficiency of knowledge of the scriptures, and know the doctrinesof the faith, and the requirements of Christian morality.

3. The personal holiness of an ordained man has nothing todo with the sacrament itself; an ordained man does not advance indegree of orders as he advances in personal holiness.

4. A prelate who knowingly ordains a candidate whollyunworthy of the office he assumed, commits a grave sin, and showshimself an unworthy servant of the Lord.

5. A man in orders who, apart from necessity, exerciseshis office while he is in the state of mortal sin, is guilty ofanother grievous sin every time he performs a sacred function.

"O Lord, my God, who will seek you with simple and pure love, and not find that you are all one can desire, for you show yourself first and go out to meet those who seek you? "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"Let persons in the world sanctify themselves in their own houses, for neither the court, professions, or labour, are any hindrance to the service of God."
St Philip Neri

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"A man should keep himself down, and not busy himself in mirabilibus super se."
St Philip Neri

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