Published online by Cambridge University Press: 15 August 2019
The final chapter of the opening five (on creation's relation to God as its cause) considers God as the final cause of creation: the goal, and one toward whom creation, and creatures, are oriented. This aspect of the relation of creation to God is particularly to be associated with the Holy Spirit. We look at what it means for a creature to achieve its fulfilment, and how that relates to God. For rational creatures, this is to be found most of all in knowing and loving God, in the beatific vision. A social dimension to human perfection is part of this.