Saint Eleutherius was a man of profound simplicity and genuine repentance. He was appointed as the abbot of St. Mark’s monastery near Spoleto, and many believed that he was blessed with the ability to perform miracles.
One notable story involves a child who was believed to be possessed by evil spirits. After being taken in and educated at Eleutherius’s monastery, the child was seemingly freed from this possession. One day, Eleutherius commented, “Since the child is now with God’s servants, the devil can’t touch him.” Unfortunately, this comment, which appeared prideful, seemed to invite the devil’s return, and the child was once again tormented.
Recognizing his mistake, Eleutherius expressed deep remorse. He, along with his entire community, embarked on a period of fasting and prayer. Their collective efforts were rewarded when the child was once more freed from demonic influence.
Another tale involves St. Gregory the Great, who was too weak to partake in the traditional fast on Easter-eve. He sought the help of Saint Eleutherius, asking him to pray at St. Andrew’s church for his health. With great emotion, Eleutherius prayed, and to everyone’s amazement, when St. Gregory left the church, he found himself strong enough to complete the fast.
There are also accounts of St. Eleutherius performing even more extraordinary miracles, including raising a man from the dead. After some time, he stepped down from his position as abbot and passed away in St. Andrew’s monastery in Rome around the year 585.