Okay, let me try again. What kind of spiritual gifts was St. Paul talking about? There are different kinds of prophecy, from prophesying future events, i.e. supernatural knowledge, to prophesying the meaning of Scripture, i.e. wisdom. So let’s look at the context:
“Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit. But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort… Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church… I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.” (1 Corinthians 14:1-18 NIV)
Now, if you read the Fathers and Doctors, and Saints, you will never see them ask God for knowledge about the future, or other things that they don’t need to know, or for Our Lord or Our Lady to appear to them. But you will see them asking God for wisdom and understanding, strength and courage, and perseverance, and other such spiritual gifts. And I’m sure this is why Fr. Haydock, who is more well-versed in these things than I am, says this in his commentary:
“To prophesy, in its proper signification, is to foretell things to come: it sometimes is to expound the obscure places in other prophets; and sometimes it is to preach the word of God. Here it is chiefly taken in this last sense.”
So this is my only concern, and it’s not unfounded. Just remember to try to follow the example of the Saints, including St. John of the Cross, who was blessed with some amazing spiritual gifts, which he would never have asked for. God bless.