As I was reading through the Apostolic Letter Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem (General Norms for Restoring the Permanent Diaconate in the Latin Church) given Motu Proprio by Pope Paul VI on June 18th, 1967, I found the following paragraph to be of great import:
"25. Let the deacons, as those who serve the mysteries of Christ and of the Church, abstain from all vice and endeavor to be always pleasing to God, "ready for every good work" (cf. 2 Tim 2:21) for the salvation of men. By reason, therefore, of the order received they must surpass by far all the others in the practice of liturgical life, in the love for prayer, in the divine service, in obedience, in charity, in chastity."
That's a mighty tall order! Please pray for all Permanent Deacons, Candidates, and my fellow Aspirants.