Thank you for all of the comments… I am trying not to be scrupulous, as I have gotten much better by the grace of God.
It seems the SAINTS are always leery of the devil… but more so, i just don’t want to advocate or attend or partake in activities that in anyway resemble sinful behavior: by dress (lack thereof or cross-dressing as in days of masquerade balls of old?), drunkenness, or lust… if that makes sense.
I saw the following in a previous forum post… any thoughts? It seems the scrupulosity of the Saints along with their piety and love of God, people, and true love of self, made them BIG “S” Saints… right? Jesus went to weddings and into the house of sinners… but He didn’t advocate sin. I don’t know… just trying to find balance and live for Jesus. I wouldn’t attend Mardi Gras in New Orleans though. I think that is too far lost… maybe that is what the Saint refer to stay away from, not a Catholic Masquerade Ball.
Thanks for the input, Brian
The reprehensible things about the carnival are things that are considered dangerous at all times, such as masquerade balls and theatres.
St. John Chrysostom considered the theatre the worst place, where the vilest spiritual diseases may be contracted.
St. Augustine called the theatre of his day the pomp of Satan.
St. Cyprian speaking of it says it is the innovation of the devil; apply all this to picnics and balls too.
Now, my good young people, whom would you rather believe; would you rather believe your own passions that drag you into considering these things small matters; would you rather believe our modern, loose Christians, who consider the theatre the school of virtue?
Or would you not rather believe those great doctors whom I have quoted, who studied much, and who were enlightened by almighty God?
You will say that you always criticise the title of a play before you go. That is nonsense; you know that the name of a play does not give a clue as to whether it is moral or not.
What about masquerade balls? The dance is one of the greatest occasions of evil, especially for young people. A youth that loves the ball-room will sooner or later fall into grave sin. “He who jokes with the devil,” says St. Peter Chrysologus, "cannot reign with Christ.
St. John Chrysostom declared vehemently against dancing; he says it is the innovation of the devil, and those who engage in it cannot escape the snares of the devil. All the saints have said the same thing.
During these days of the carnival, especially, let us not form part of the world that has gone crazy, we may say. There is no objection to modest recreation nor to simple enjoyments.
Endeavor to compensate Our Lord Jesus for so many sins committed during this time.
With great love, visit a church where the Blessed Sacrament is exposed, pray, and receive from Him spiritual joy of which the world knows nothing.
In this way you will not put your salvation in jeopardy nor will you, as often happens, ruin the health of the body, as is frequently the case" - forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?p=7628241&highlight=masquerade+ball#post7628241