Honor and Glory for Who???
I have concerns about being honored for the work done in the church. We don't and should not be compensated for the work we do for Christ. I do believe that we should encourage each other. The acts of giving medals and certificates of achievement should be discouraged. We should not look for these rewards here on earth. The goal is to obtain this in heaven. I believe this is a contradiction to our teaching and we should not allow it. People receive unnecessary praise for their contributions given to the Lord. We should be doing works of charity and not compromising our salvation. It is not done intentionally but it is important to share this insight with others. The saints were great models and we should learn to imitate them. If you read especially of St Francis and St. Clare's lives, the incentive to pattern after them can increase our spiritual growth. Encouragement is extremely important to our spiritual well being.The saints lived the simple and reposeful life and we should do our best to imitate them.
Accepting these forms of appreciation is a form of glorification that we should not conform to. To do so would be in vain. We the recipient should take any form of acknowlegement as a form of encouragement beneficial to our souls, and nothing more. We should not allow for these types of glorifications. It is not all about ourselves becoming the center of attention. We should give of our talents to glorify God.
We can quietly thank someone in person, or in the form of a letter, but it is best to keep these things in perspective and examine our conscience in everything we do. Discerning correctly the virtous acts accordingly. Most recipients and givers are completely innocent in their cordial acts, and sincerity is behind all their motives, but insight gained in this can be the difference in our salvation if done correctly. God will hold us responsible for our knowledge. For those who are clueless to the perception of what idolizing themselves is all about He will grant them pardon if their acts are done with reverence to Our Savior.
It is best to keep things simple and quiet.