My Beloved Ones,
As we continue through the summer I have reflected much on two saints whose feasts we commemorate this month. Though these two young ladies lived many centuries ago, I believe they have much to teach us about the difference between power and faith. The first, is St. Marina (commemorated on July 17), and the other is St. Paraskevi (July 26).
St. Marina was born to a pagan father, and when the girl’s mother died, her father entrusted her to the care of a woman, from whom St. Marina learned about Christ. Of course, this angered her father, who disowned her and had her put in prison at age 15.
Your diligence corresponded to your name, Paraskevi, which denotes preparedness. Through faith you inherited the promised dwelling that was prepared for you, O prize-winning Martyr. Therefore you pour out cures and healings, and you intercede on behalf of our souls.
Τὴν σπουδήν σου τῇ κλήσει κατάλληλον, ἐργασαμένη φερώνυμε, τὴν ὁμώνυμόν σου πίστιν, εἰς κατοικίαν κεκλήρωσαι, Παρασκευὴ ἀθληφόρε· ὅθεν προχέεις ἰάματα, καὶ πρεσβεύεις ὑπὲρ τῶν ψυχῶν ἡμῶν.