A common statement I have heard is that after the beginnings of Christianity, miracles, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, were no longer found as much in the Church. What do you make of this? What are some stories of miracles occurring after the beginnings of the Church, going into the medieval Church? For example, John Wesley (Methodism founder), stated:
It does not appear that these extraordinary gifts of the Holy Ghost were common in the Church for more than two or three centuries. We seldom hear of them after that fatal period when the Emperor Constantine called himself a Christian…From this time they almost totally ceased; very few instances of the kind were found. The cause of this was not, (as has been vulgarly supposed,) because there was no more occasion for them, because all the world was become Christians. This is a miserable mistake; not a twentieth part of it was then nominally Christian. The real cause was, “the love of many”, almost of all Christians, so called, was “waxed cold.” The Christians had no more of the Spirit of Christ than the other Heathens. The Son of Man, when he came to examine his Church, could hardly “find faith upon earth”. This was the real cause why the extraordinary gifts of the Holy Ghost were no longer to be found in the Christian Church; because the Christians were turned Heathens again, and had only a dead form left." The Works of John Wesley, Vol. VII, 89:26,27
Now, I’m sure that we can say that Wesley was merely making a conclusion to support his own purposes, namely Methodism. My question is, is there any truth to his statement about miracles, the gifts of the Spirit, after the 3rd century? Where can one learn about such matters? And of course canonized saints from those periods that exhibited these gifts are always helpful.