08 February 2013

Cult to Carnival ... No wonder why Bolivia is where it is!

Yesterday I was about to go to have a meeting with my girl friends, though for them it was "comadres" (a pre-celebration of carnival, a meeting among women, where in most cases they get drunk). Then I check my mail and there it is....an official INSTRUCTIVE from the External Relations Ministry. The objective of this one? CHALLA!!

This instructive invites all authorities to a big celebration and to all public workers to come disguised and ready to party. See that? half day off to worship carnival. And 2 entire holidays to celebrate and adore Bacchus and other deities (selfishness, envy, gluttony, lust...)

I am totally surprised of maybe I finally realized that specifically this country is about THE CULT TO CARNIVAL!  We have a big holiday for it, people will scratch their pockets in order to have the main "ingredients" for the celebration, condoms will be distributed like there is no tomorrow, costumes will be ready and even decoration will go around. 

Of course I've been walking a different path for the last 2 years, once that has demanded from me more than I thought. I've surrounded my life to follow Christ and 3 weeks ago I've decided to start my path and become a consecrated lay woman.

Now this might be a good and probably the main fundamental reason why I'm so shocked about all the fuss around me and carnival. I'm just wondering that all these carnival fanatics (that in other times during the year mock, criticize and feel proud to be agnostics or even atheists) that also include pseudo Catholics; if they could put half the effort they do in these celebrations, and 1/16th of their joy into pursue the greater Jof of God.... I wonder how much different this country would be. 

By now, I just have to close my eyes and keep on walking! Soon I'll feel again everybody's hangover and I'll be heading to my desert during Lent. 

While reading Ezekiel.... I can only conclude that it is easier to take the soft yoke of the Cross than to challenge a mighty God while worshiping all the pleasures your flesh desires (out of lack of self control).

Ezekiel 16:

36 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because you poured out your lust and exposed your naked body in your promiscuity with your lovers, and because of all your detestable idols, and because you gave them your children’s blood, 37 therefore I am going to gather all your lovers, with whom you found pleasure, those you loved as well as those you hated. I will gather them against you from all around and will strip you in front of them, and they will see you stark naked. 38 I will sentence you to the punishment of women who commit adultery and who shed blood; I will bring on you the blood vengeance of my wrath and jealous anger. 39 Then I will deliver you into the hands of your lovers, and they will tear down your mounds and destroy your lofty shrines. They will strip you of your clothes and take your fine jewelry and leave you stark naked. 40 They will bring a mob against you, who will stone you and hack you to pieces with their swords. 41 They will burn down your houses and inflict punishment on you in the sight of many women. I will put a stop to your prostitution, and you will no longer pay your lovers. 42 Then my wrath against you will subside and my jealous anger will turn away from you; I will be calm and no longer angry.

43 “‘Because you did not remember the days of your youth but enraged me with all these things, I will surely bring down on your head what you have done, declares the Sovereign Lord. Did you not add lewdness to all your other detestable practices?