A response to when a Hieromonk named Arseny was asked about miracles that happened to him. He said:
Miraculous? Miracles? No, nothing ever happened to me that could be called a miracle. Every priest-hearing the confessions of so many people, giving communion and acompanying the dying, guiding his spiritual children-every priest has remarkable spiritual experiences. The same things can happen to lay people, to any believer, but very often we cannot see the magnitude of what is happening and do not see the will of God, His hand, His providence, His leadership. Yes, what happened to me and what I saw around me shook me up*, made me tremble so that I clearly saw the will of God. I didn’t stop to think whether it was a miracle or simply the result of amazing coincidences in my life. I have always believed and I still firmly believe that God brings us to everything that happens and therefore whatever way we take, we must recognize only His will in everything.
And it is only by understanding things in this way that we can see the will of God. Many events in which I participated amazed me and I said to myself, ‘but this is a miracle’. But then when I realized my own nothingness I understood that it is not for me to see a miracle.
Everything in life is a miracle: the main miracle is that by the will of God man lives on earth. Believe in this!
*Fr. Arseny was a prisoner in the brutal special sector of the Soviet prison camp system in Russia for many years.
Excerpt taken from the book: Father Arseny 1893-1973 Priest, Prisoner, Spritual Father- Translated by: Vera Bouteneff