|Christianbook.com: Why is it important for us to understand what God thinks of us?|
Manning: To know that God loves us in the state of grace or disgrace is the most powerful motivation to respond with the aid of grace to His loving call.
Card:It is important to understand what God thinks of us because what He thinks is what we truly are. Abraham Heschel says to become a thought of God’s is mans’ highest achievement.
Christianbook.com: What has God taught you over the years about what you mean to him?
Manning: To allow myself to be loved by God in my deepest brokenness is to experience a love that defies human comprehension.
Card: God has shown me that I mean everything to Him, more than I dare dream. He loves me so much He wants to be married to me. (I learned this answer from Brennan!)
Christianbook.com: What does it mean to be “rooted in love”?
Manning: To be rooted in love is to look beyond surface appearances to see the inner beauty in others often disfigured by sin.
Card: To be “rooted in love” means to become truly “radical.” The word radical means “rooted.” To be biblically radical demands that I love radically.
Christianbook.com: How will seeing ourselves through the eyes of grace impact our relationships with other people?
Card: Seeing ourselves through the eyes of grace frees us to be for others all we need to be. When I am free, most especially of the tyranny of my self-centeredness, then the door of my life can really open out to the otherness of my brothers and sisters.