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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.

"O Lord, my God, who will seek you with simple and pure love, and not find that you are all one can desire, for you show yourself first and go out to meet those who seek you? "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"Try to turn your heart from the love of things visible and bring yourself to things invisible. For they who follow their own evil passions stain their consciences and lose the grace of God. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"The more you know and the better you understand, the more severely will you be judged, unless your life is also the more holy. Do not be proud, therefore, because of your learning or skill. Rather, fear because of the talent given you."
Thomas á Kempis

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