A bit of a back story before I ask a question I have been burning to ask. I was baptized Roman Catholic as an infant, attended Catholic school, made my First Holy Communion, etc. The only thing I did not do was make my Confirmation. My family allowed me to decide for myself whether or not I would want to continue in the Catholic faith. Since then, I have attended a variety of Christian churches to test the waters, so to speak, and see which denomination truly felt like home to me. I have been to Reformed churches, Lutheran Churches, and even Charismatic Non-Denomination churches. The last type of church is where my question comes in. I have recently come home to the Catholic Church and have decided it is time (I am 24 years old now) to become a confirmed Roman Catholic. However, I have to say that I enjoyed some of what I saw at the charismatic churches. I enjoy the contemporary music they use (I listen to contemporary Christian music in my car…as long as it glorifies Jesus Christ and doesn’t go against the Church right? Matt Maher is a great contemporary artist who is Catholic). One thing that I was taken a bit by surprise is their emphasis on gifts of the Holy Spirit. I have a friend and coworker who is extremely charismatic an believes that the Holy Spirit gives us all gifts (i.e. gifts of prophecy, healing, etc.). I guess my question is what is the official Church position on gifts of the Holy Spirit? Are we, as believers of Jesus Christ but not clergy, able to receive gifts of the Holy Spirit? Especially since scripture points out that the God inspires these gifts in everyone (1 Corinthians 4).
Also, on a somewhat different note, how do you (collectively) feel about the Catholic Charismatic movement? (nsc-chariscenter.org/)
Please excuse any ignorance on my part here folks. As I said, I have been away from Catholicism since childhood.