By Nun Katherine
Once I accompanied the Holy Elder, and a German doctor, who due to my narratives regarding the holiness of our dear Father, had a great desire to visit him.
The German did not know the Greek language. But in a few minutes there began a dialogue between them, which initially I thought to be natural.
As time passed, however, I noticed that they understood each other very well without need of an interpreter. Indeed they were discussing medical issues. The German doctor, now happy, departed his Cell.
Surprised, I then asked him:
"Elder, do you know German?"
"Oh you fool, as if I know German," he said to me smiling. "Didn't you hear, I was speaking Greek and she was speaking German. But we both understood in our own language! Don't ask. These things are done by the Holy Spirit!"
I heard that this miracle happened other times, this gift of the interpretation of languages, with a Frenchwoman, an Irishman, a Serbian and a Romanian.
Source: From Ο Όσιος Γέρων Πορφύριος --Η αγαπώσα καρδία. Translated by John Sanidopoulos.