The will of God is the very nature of things.  A portent, therefore, happens not contrary to nature, but contrary to what we know as nature.

[Dei voluntas rerum natura est. Portentum ergo fit non contra naturam, sed contra quam est nota natura.]

Augustine of Hippo (354-430) Christian church father, philosopher, saint [b. Aurelius Augustinus]
City of God, Bk. XXI, ch. 8

Commonly: "Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature."
Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 16-Feb-10
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