Is it Wrong to Speak in Tongues? (The Patrick Madrid Show)

Have you ever seen or known anyone who had the gift of tongues? What was your reaction?

Mary’s Question: Mary has believed she possesses the gift of tongues for the past 30 years. She uses it during silent prayer at Mass and wonders what the Church’s stance is on this gift.

Patrick’s Response: Patrick explains the Church’s perspective, referencing Scripture and Church history. His answer might surprise you! 

Biblical Context:

Acts 2: Apostles speaking in tongues were understood by people of different languages.

1 Corinthians 14: St. Paul provides guidelines, emphasizing that tongues should be interpreted if used in a group setting.

Historical Perspective:

St. Augustine: By the 4th and 5th centuries, these charismatic gifts were rare. St. Augustine said that while these gifts did exist initially to establish the Church, they became less necessary over time.

Charismatic Renewal:

This movement gained prominence in the late 20th century, influenced by Protestant charismatic practices. Many believed they had the gift of tongues, but Patrick says to be cautious. It’s important to not jump to conclusions.

Patrick’s Thoughtful Caution: Patrick suggests to Mary—and anyone else who believes they have this gift—to pray for clarity. He encourages asking God to reveal whether this gift is truly from Him or perhaps a mimicry of sounds heard from others.

Key Takeaway: It’s essential to discern the authenticity of spiritual gifts through prayer and reflection, keeping in mind the historical and scriptural context provided by the Church. 🌿

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