Trench On Carnal Desires After Miracles

Archbishop Richard C. Trench:

While then it does not greatly concern us to know when this power was withdrawn, what does vitally concern us is, that we suffer not these carnal desires after miracles, as though they were certainly saints who had them, and they but imperfect Christians who were without them, as though the Church were inadequately furnished and spiritually impoverished which could not show them, to rise up in our hearts; being, as they are, ever ready to rise up in the natural heart of man, to which power is so much dearer than holiness. There is no surer proof than the utterance of sentiments such as these, that the true glory of the Church is hidden from our eyes—that some of its outward trappings and ornaments have caught our fancy; and not the fact that it is all-glorious within, answering to the deepest needs of the spirit of man, which has taken possession of our hearts and minds. It is little which we ourselves have known of the miracles of grace, when they seem to us poor and pale, when only the miracles of power have any attraction in our eyes.

Trench, Richard C. The Miracles of Our Lord. London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1904. p. 61