1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. 5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” 13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.” ~ Acts 2:1-13
Xenoglossy is a paranormal phenomenon in which a person is able to speak or write a language he or she could not have acquired by natural means. Xenoglossy is not generally accepted by linguists and psychologists, however, St. Luke claims that this is exactly what happened at Pentecost. The apostles were able to speak in their own tongues, yet be understood by everyone in the crowd, even though it was filled with people from far off lands that did not speak in the apostles native tongue.
I feel as though I am witnessing some kind of new marvel, a modern-day xenoglossy, with the introduction of Google Translate on my blog. I came across this amazing tool while searching for a way to communicate with others all over the world. Even though I am pretty much computer illiterate, I am learning how to transform my simple blog into a source of light for those seeking answers worldwide.
A blog reader on the other side of the world can now read my stories in their own native language as I type it in mine. I know that the same Spirit who inspired the first apostles to overcome all language barriers is with us today. He has inspired me to overcome my own weaknesses in order to spread the Good News to all nations.
I am now more excited than ever to write. This little sand box has some new toys. If you are reading this in another language, I would love to hear from you. You can comment in your own language. I will use Google Translate to decipher your comment. It is a joy to share the Good News with you. Thank you for visiting and please share my blog with your friends.
If you are reading this from the other side of the world, I would love it if you could please sign my guest book. Thank you for visiting.