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176. Tongues

1. The "gift of tongues" is the divinelyimparted knowledge of a variety of languages. The apostles had thisgift, and were able to speak the languages of all the peoples towhom they were sent. We read in Scripture (Acts 2:6) that when theapostles spoke to the people of many nations, "every man heardthem speak in his own tongue." This was rather that they spokein the various languages than that, speaking their own language,they were understood by all. For their own language could not,without illusion, sound differently in different ears.

2. The gift of tongues is not so great a gift (that is, agratuitous grace) as that of prophecy. For prophetic knowledgecomes by divine enlightenment. Now, it is more excellent to haveknowledge than to have words to express knowledge. And prophecy islikely to be more powerful than the gift of tongues in its effectupon souls. The gift of tongues seems, sometimes, to have stirredup more astonishment than conviction.

"To do God's will -- this was the goal upon which the saints constantly fixed their gaze. They were fully persuaded that in this consists the entire perfection of the soul. "
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"When the devil has failed in making a man fall, he puts forward all his energies to create distrust between the penitent and the confessor, and so by little and little he gains his end at last."
St Philip Neri

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"God looks neither at long nor beautiful prayers, but at those that come from the heart."
The Cure D'Ars

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