I received a video which has some good grist for our Catholic identity mills.
First, note that people are happy. Joy is a mark of the working of the Holy Spirit. Even in adversity it is possible to have Christian joy.
Next, an old Italian bishop once growled something I’ve shared here many times. In view of the nonsense that most modern Church endeavors devolve into he said, “Meno chiacchiere… più processioni!… Less chattering … more processions!” He got it right. These popular devotions do us a world of good.
Also, let’s have great respect for the ways of our forebears. They loved loved loved their Faith and they polished it and smoothed it and put it into beautiful settings such as churches built with hope, like a jewel into a broach or a ring. Then they handed the lovely jewel and setting to us, to guard and polish and maybe even make more beautiful by adding to the setting. The ways of our forebears are venerable. And as Ratzinger wrote, What was sacred then is sacred now.