The gifts of the Holy Spirit you speak of are mentioned in the Catechism of the Catholic Church briefly as being “special” and “extraordinary” and "gratuitous."2003. Grace is first and foremost the gift of the Spirit who justifies and sanctifies us. But grace also includes the gifts that the Spirit grants us to associate us with his work, to enable us to collaborate in the salvation of others and in the growth of the Body of Christ, the Church. There are sacramental graces, gifts proper to the different sacraments. There are furthermore special graces, also called charisms after the Greek term used by St. Paul and meaning “favor,” “gratuitous gift,” “benefit.” Whatever their character - sometimes it is extraordinary, such as the gift of miracles or of tongues - charisms are oriented toward sanctifying grace and are intended for the common good of the Church. They are at the service of charity which builds up the Church.
When they are authentic, the Catholic Church recognizes them as true gifts of the Holy Spirit but the Church does not consider them as gifts that are given to each believer but as gifts given to whomever the Spirit wills. This is indicated in chapter 12 of 1 Corinthians where Paul says, “[size=2]To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, [/size]to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.” (verses 7-10) And later when he says, “[size=2]Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? [/size]Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?” (verses 29-30)
Although many Catholic saints have had such gifts, neither the gift of tongues nor any of the other special gifts of the Holy Spirit is to be considered, in itself, a sign of personal sanctity or an indication of a special importance in the Church, for even Balaam’s a** was given the gift of tongues.