Soon, I will receive the Rite of Candidacy as I pursue ordination into the permanent diaconate. A few months ago, a statement was made by one of the leaders in our formation program that “certain graces” flow from the Rite of Candidacy. The situation was awkward since the subject matter was dealing with women’s ordination and I didn’t want ask them to explain further (to avoid fanning the flames). So, I figured I would ask here. Are there “certain graces” that come from the Rite of Candidacy.
If you ask me, “what do you mean by ‘certain graces’?” I’ll just have to say, I have no idea - but my guess is that it must be a spiritual protection of some sort.