I am seeking some advice. I have been a Catholic for some time now after converting from Calvinist Anglicanism.
To make a long story short (I’ll try). I befriended a Pentecostal friend and we were speaking about Tongues. He put the argument up to me and I studied. His arguments were all Biblical and to me did not seem anti Catholic.
He offered for me to join in him prayer. I did last week. Nothing heretical (correct me if I am wrong please) I believe as we just prayed to God then started praising him.
I was very skeptical at first having not known any Catholics who spoke in tongues. As we continued praying something remarkable happened. Both my hands down to my elbows had an awesome feeling of energy running through. Similar to pins and needles but much more intense. (I have never had any circulation problems in the past or since for those thinking it) I then started to pray in tongues automatically. I was thinking what to say in my mind praising God but it came out something foreign.
It lasted about 5 minutes and I felt the overwhelming love of God. I also had no temptation for some time afterwards along with a new comprehension of scripture and a yearning for it.
As the days went on I started to feel down as I had searched and searched in the past and came to Catholicism, yet I wasn’t seeing the practice of what I experienced in all the parishes I had been too. I did find some joy when I realised there is a Catholic charismatic movement.
I believe the Holy Spirit came into me in full that evening. The experience and feeling was like nothing I have ever had.
My question is, why don’t the majority of Catholics practice this and why isn’t it more known? My Pentecostal friend of course disputes the claims of our Great True Church and sadly some of those thoughts have entered into my head after this experience. If I saw much of the parish doing this I would feel better but I feel many are missing out. If Our Great Church is really the true Church of Christ then why isn’t the outpouring of the Holy Spirit more prevalent. It is possible that I experienced something unique and not meant for the masses? That the Holy Spirit gives difference graces to different members of the Body of Christ?
My Pentecostal friend claims every baptised member can receive the same gifts as I did.
In saying this I am not leaving Catholicism as I am being rational about it and remember my years of study and prayer that lead me to here. I feel at home within Catholicism. I am just a little confused and having a few of my beliefs challenged.
In saying this, is there a Catholic Charismatic movement in Sydney Australia? I would like to meet up with them? I can’t seem to find one.
Thank you for your time.
Peace in Christ.