The Sacrament of Holy Orders
817. S. NILAMMON'S PRAYER.-----S. Nilammon had such a high idea of the priesthood that he could never bring himself to be ordained. But Theophilus, Patriarch of Alexandria, declared his intention of ordaining him, and even making him Bishop. Nilammon, fearing to disobey his superior, asked for one day more for prayer and consideration; when at length the time for ordination had come, Nilammon again begged a few more minutes, that he might offer a final prayer to God. With Theophilus he knelt down, and the former rising up, made sign to NiIammon to follow him, but got no reply. God had heard the prayer of His humble servant, who begged that he might die rather than have the dignity and responsibility of the priesthood thrust upon him.-----Lasance
818. CELERINUS AND AURELIUS.-----Celerinus,
a young man of rank, who suffered for the Faith, was called by St.
to the office of Lector. Thinking himself unworthy of the dignity, it
only when Our Lord made known His will by a vision that he was
on to consent. Aurelius, his companion, showed a like reluctance, thus
giving proof of the high esteem they had for Holy Orders.-----S.
820. PRINCE TALLEYRAND.-----Prince Talleyrand, who so afflicted the Church by his apostasy, but whose good death, in 1838, edified the Faithful, is a striking example of the evils of a forced vocation to the priesthood. Before he died, he said: "The respect I owe to my parents does not forbid me to say that all through my youth I was led to a state of life for which I was not born, and to which I was not called of God."-----Catechisme en Exemples