"Because the creature also itself shall be delivered from the servitude of corruption, into the liberty of the glory of the children of God ", ib., 21.
The texts cited above are representative of multitudes similar in tenor, scattered throughout the sacred writings.
When this occurs, the original signifies, as it frequently does elsewhere, a physical, visible phenomenon.
This meaning is found for instance in Ex., xxiv, 16: "And the glory of the Lord dwelt upon Sinai "; in Luke, ii, 9, and in the account of the Transfiguration on Mount Thabor.
The radical concept present under various modifications in all the above expressions is rendered by St.
Augustine as clara notitia cum laude, "brilliant celebrity with praise".
Did He, then, create in order that from His creatures He might derive some benefit?
That, for example, as some present-day theories pretend, through the evolution of things toward a higher perfection the sum of His Being might be enlarged or perfected?
In the English version of the Bible the word Glory, one of the commonest in the Scripture, is used to translate several Hebrew terms in the Old Testament, and the Greek doxa in the New Testament .
Sometimes the Catholic versions employ brightness, where others use glory.
The more perfectly he discharges this obligation, the more does he develop and perfect that initial resemblance to God which exists in his soul, and by the fulfilment of this duty serves the end for which he, like all else, has been created.
The natural revelation which God has vouchsafed of Himself through the world interpreted by reason has been supplemented by a higher supernatural manifestation which has culminated in the Incarnation of the Godhead in Jesus Christ : "and we saw his glory, the glory as it were of the Father, full of grace and truth ".
Here too, as elsewhere, we find the idea that the perception of this manifested truth works towards a union of man with God. " John, v, 44; and xii, 43: "For they loved the glory of men more than the glory of God ".