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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.

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

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"Let no one wear a mask, otherwise he will do ill; and if he has one, let him burn it."
St Philip Neri

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"A person who rails at God in adversity, suffers without merit; moreover by his lack of resignation he adds to his punishment in the next life and experiences greater disquietude of mind in this life."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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