Monthly Archives: May 2012

Photo: Vasile on chair

Vasile Covaliov, in the house of the Pavlov family, standing on chair, in suit with tie, at the end of the 20s, Tulcea (the date and photographer are not mentioned).

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Photo: Portrait of Evdokia

 

Evdokia Andreevna, my great-grandmother, in her 30s (the date and the photographer are not mentioned)

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Emmanuel Sezonov

BIOGRAPHY: Emmanuel Sezonov (born 16 May 1912, Brăila, Romania – died 18 October 2000, Houston, Harris, Texas, U.S.A.) is the author of the “Sezonov Family Chronicle (1880 – 1980)”. Born in Brăila, he left Romania with his family (1944), livind in Germany, France, Chile (1944 – 1961) and the United States of America (1961). 

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Family Photo: The Covaliovs

1932, family photography: Vasile (left) holding  Mărioara Vasilievna (center) at the age of one year, standing – next to his wife, Evdokia (right) – on a bench in the garden of the house. (FOTO ELEGANT, Gheorghe P. Jeciu, Tulcea)

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Year 1908, Month May, Day 3

“3 May 1908. Sunday. A day when apparently nothing important happened (1). Actors, sportsmen and ancestors appearing only in genealogical trees may had been born, but “famous people” – whatever popular they may had been at their time – aren’t eternal. Read the list below and see for yourself that not a single name in the enumeration will sound familiar to you (or who knows?). 

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“Among those who deny the existence of supernatural deities, there are essentially two camps. Agnostics who (technically) do not deny God’s existence, but merely profess that it is unknowable (and).atheists, (that are) more adamant about denying God’s existence (and, sometimes) make a living by stridently refuting God himself and all things holy.
Agnostics walk about like spiritual zombies, pursuing their various interests. Atheists, though, are tormented by the nagging “fear” that a loving God just may exist.
Sadly (from their present perspective), the lot of the atheist is to be closer to God than the agnostic. Atheists may rail against their Maker, but the agnostic’s spiritual indifference causes them to drift farther and farther from the Truth.” – Robert Stroud

Mere Inkling

I haven’t forgotten. Well, I have forgotten far too many things in recent years, but I didn’t forget my recent “promise” to address the challenging subject of the distinction between agnosticism and atheism. Last week I wrote: “I suspect that the intimately personal nature of God’s love for us is one of the things that moves some people from agnosticism to atheism.”

It’s not my desire to offend anyone with the discussion which follows. After all, God loves the “lost” just as much as he loves those who have surrendered their lives to him. In fact, there’s an amazing passage that hints at how the rescue of one of those who has “strayed” is even more exciting to the hosts of heaven than the faithfulness of his dedicated disciples. (Check out verses 12-14 in chapter 18 of the Gospel according to Matthew . . . and remember what I have…

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