Protopresbyter Georgios Dorbarakis
Saint Sophrony in Essex said that we still have not a few ascetics (whom the Lord has hidden) who don’t perform obvious miracles, though great miracles occur every day in their souls, unobserved by most people. One such miracle is when the soul leans towards pride, it falls into darkness and sloth. But if it’s humbled, then joy, compunction and light come to it. [in Saint Silouan the Athonite]
When they hear of a living saint who works wonders, particularly the healing of spiritual or bodily ailments, most Christians try their absolute best to visit him or her, if possible, to get their blessing, to tell them their problems, and be healed and have their health restored. And this is profoundly human, because no-one wishes to suffer and be tormented in a world which, in any case, offers mostly pain and hardship, because of our fall into sin. And this haste to seek out a saint also happens, of course, after the saint has departed this world….