In Catholicism, Do you believe Mary is above Christ Jesus in some way? And where do you hold the Saints in that way?
Of course not!!!!!!!!!
Never in a million years would a Catholic say Mary is ‘above’ Christ Jesus. Please understand that our reverence for her is not the same as the reverence for God.
Think of it this way. You praise your friends on their good qualities, yes? You may also praise an Olympic athlete for their virtue in athleticism, a musician for their virtue in music, etc. So why not praise holy men and women for their virtues of faith, humility, and love? It’s not like they are dead, after all. They have eternal life in Heaven. The Church conducts investigations into a saint’s life, talking to all the people they knew and doing their best to dig dirt on them, so that when they canonize a person, they aren’t being careless. And also, don’t you ask friends to pray for you? So do we ask saints to pray for us. A “devotion” to a saint shouldn’t mean to take from God, of course. But remember God is love, and there is no greater love than that for our friends, and it is in practicing love that we foster the spirit of God and make the world better.
Mary is a saint, yes. She has eternal life in Heaven, she can pray for us in Heaven, and she was virtuous and beautifully faithful and trusting. But she has a special place among the saints because she is God’s actual mother. We show honor to Jesus by honoring her. Refusing to acknowledge her importance is doing an injustice to the name of Jesus. Honor thy Father and Mother!
So no, we do not hold anyone higher than God. But certainly we can enrich the lives of others and our own lives if we befriend God’s friends and try our best to imitate them.