Saint Anthony of Padua, a 13th-century priest and doctor of the Church whose feast day is June 13, is sometimes referred to as a thaumaturgus, a medieval Latin word which comes from the Greek. In modern English, it means "wonder-worker" or "miracle-worker." There are many Eastern Christian saints who are known as thaumaturgus, but relatively few in the West, and Saint Anthony is perhaps the best known among them.
A thaumaturgus is often renowned for the miracles attributed to him after his death, but he earns the title during his life. Saint Paul, in 1 Corinthians 12:7-10, lists among the "manifestations of the Holy Spirit" the "gift of miracles." Among the miracles ascribed to Saint Anthony is reattaching a severed foot and bilocation, or appearing in two places at one time. Interestingly, while we often think of simple, saintly people working miracles, it is usually the case that the wonder-working saints are, like Saint Anthony, excellent Scripture scholars and theologians. (Saint Francis of Assisi himself chose Saint Anthony to teach theology to the members of the Franciscan order.)
Of course, today Saint Anthony is best known as the patron saint of lost items, and while finding a lost item may not quite count as working wonders, many of those who have been the beneficiaries of Saint Anthony's intercession find it just short of miraculous. You can read some of their stories in Reader Stories: How Saint Anthony Helped Me Find a Lost Item, and if St. Anthony has interceded for you, please add your story to the list!
(Saint Anthony of Padua holding the Infant Jesus. Public domain.)
More on Saint Anthony:
- Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church
- Novena to Saint Anthony to Find a Lost Article
- Novena to Saint Anthony for Any Need
- Reader Stories: How Saint Anthony Helped Me Find a Lost Item
- When Is the Feast of Saint Anthony 2012?
- When Is the Feast of Saint Anthony 2013?
- When Is the Feast of Saint Anthony 2014?
- When Is the Feast of Saint Anthony 2015?