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Glory!

The word 'glory' has several meanings and I'm only beginning to realize that.  The one that springs to mind is the great feeling you get when you achieve something special and particularly the recognition you get for it.

Everyone knows how awful it is when you work hard for something and someone else gets the glory, or rather, the credit for it.

The first time I heard the word 'glory' was in a prayer we learnt for the Mass.  I went to a government primary school in Ireland.  In those days, Ireland was heavily under the influence of the Catholic Church and I remember learning a huge amount of prayers and hymns in school.  The Irish education system was heavily into Catholic doctrine, Irish language and very little else.  I do remember learning some literature and history too.  I don't know how any of my fellow students became scientists.  There wasn't too much emphasis on scientific stuff as I remember.  But when you're being educated to be a good Catholic housewife, there probably isn't much scope for science.  Except for domestic science, maybe.  Of course it could be just selective memory on my part.  I should have been born a few centuries earlier, I think.  I love reading and writing but don't ask me to solve equations!  What's all this got to do with glory.  Oh, yes!

"Glory to God in the highest and peace to His people on earth,
Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,
We worship You, we give you thanks, we praise You for Your glory."

I learnt that in school.  It's a prayer recited in the Mass.  I used to wonder what 'glory' was in this context.   One of the God TV evangelists explained glory once in a Godly context.  Apparently glory is heavily on God, all over Him like a coat.  It seems to be quite heavy.  It must be His aura, I suppose.

When someone gives a praise report on God TV they always say 'glory to God,' or 'I give God the glory for this'.  When a miracle happens for them, they don't take the credit.  They praise God for He has done it.

When we ultimately go to God, having hopefully lived life as He would have wanted us to, then we go to glory.  That's the way we say it.  Hopefully, if we give glory to God, He will give us glory too.

The dictionary.com definition of 'glory' is 'very great praise or honour', 'magnificence' and 'state of absolute happiness.'  That all fits in nicely with what I've been discussing.

This is my weekly post for the Loose Blogger Consortium. We are a group of bloggers from different parts of the world with diverse views and styles of writing, and we post simultaneously (well, we try to) on a weekly basis on a given topic.  Our members  are, in no particular order,    AkankshaDelirious, Padmini, AshokConrad, gaelikaa, Grannymar, and Rummuser. This topic 'Glory' was chosen by Padmini.

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