A miracle-worker; applied to saints and others who are reputed to have performed miracles. (Greek, thauma ergon.)
Prince Alexander of IIohenlohe,
whose power was looked upon as miraculous. Apollonius of Tyana, Cappadocia
(A.D. 3-98). (See
by Philostratus.) St. Bernard of Clairvaux,
called “the Thaumaturgus of the West.” (1091-1153.) St. Francis d'Assisi,
founder of the Franciscan order. (1182-1226.)
J. Joseph Gassner,
of Bratz, in the Tyrol, who, looking on disease as a possession, exorcised the sick, and his cures were considered miraculous. (1727-1779.)
Gregory, Bishop of Neo-Casare'a,
in Cappadocia, called emphatically “the Thaumaturgus,” from the numerous miracles he is reported to have performed. (212-270.) St. Isidorus.
(See his Life,
by Damascius.) Jannes
the magicians of Pharaoh who withstood Moses. Blaise Pascal.
and several other Alexandrine philosophers. (205-270.) (See
the Life of Plotinus,
by Porphyry.) Proclus.
of Samaria, called “the Great Power of God.” (Acts viii. 10.) Several of the Sophists.
(See Lives of the Philosophers,
possessed the omniscient power of seeing all that was done in every part of the globe. (Eunapius: OEdeseus
Vincent de Paul,
founder of the “Sisters of Charity.” (1576-1660.) Peter Schott has published a treatise on natural magic called Thaumaturgus Physicus
. (See below.)
Filumea is called Thaumaturga,
a saint unknown till 1802, when a grave was discovered with this inscription on tiles: “LUMENA PAXTE CYMFI,” which, being rearranged, makes Pax tecum Filumena.
Filumena was at once accepted as a saint, and so many wonders were worked by “her” that she has been called La Thaumaturge de Dixneuvième Siècle
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894