"Losing our illusions is painful because illusions are the stuff we live by. The Spirit of God is the great unmasker of illusions, the great destroyer of icons and idols. God's love for us is so great that He does not permit us to harbor false images, no matter how attached we are to them. God strips those falsehoods from us no matter how naked it may make us, because it is better to live naked in the truth than clothed in fantasy" (13)
Brennan Manning "Lion and Lamb: The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus"