Despite appearances and the unworthiness of the monks and clergy, the Church is an endless source of miracles.
It takes water and makes it Holy Water; it takes bread and wine and makes the Holy Eucharist; it takes man made of dirt and makes him a god!
But many people do not see the miracles. Because if they saw them they would not despise or hate the Church of Christ, but they would love and honor Her and would not be talking about Her with contempt as they do.
- Elder Paisios of Mount Athos