I have a question about spirituality, growth, and…actualization (am not sure what the best word might be here).
Many of us are or have been on a major journey of growing closer to God, either though conversion (whether you were born Catholic or not) or incidents in our Christian lives. I personally see this journey as always continuing, that one can never really be “done” with it on this earth. We are always in the desert here, even the holiest of the holy, but we do have the bread of Heaven.
But when the human ego comes into the picture and some individuals become very caught up in themselves possessing gifts (or are revered by others for such) rather than gifts being poured out by God for His Church, I feel concern. It’s not that I do not admire individuals for how they’ve grown in the Lord (or as the case may be, how they have always had a deep relationship with Him or bear certain fruit).
My question: is it ever helpful to single out individuals as mini saints of sorts and to praise them for certain gifts or potentials? I have found this in some other traditions (e.g.- non-denominational/pentacostal…not to say it’s exclusive to those at all), but am recently seeing it more in my circle of Catholic acquaintances as well.
I understand why the saints are revered as such, as they are in the full presence of the Lord, but should we revere the gifts of the spiritually mature as personal graces here on earth?