I have got my teeth into Jansenisam at the moment. Today being Ascension Day I preached about where Christ has gone there we should expect to follow, I mentioned the wonder of a human body in heaven, that we are in this passing world but our true home is Heaven, that we are joyous exiles.
I said that Christ has opened wide the gates of Heaven, that if we co-operate with him becoming a Saint is easy, it is his free gift that is gratefully received, more than our efforts that matter.
I pointed out his wounds were the sign of his love, not our condemnation. His death a sign of his self giving for us, an expiation of our sins, not a further source guilt.
I reminded them of Sydney Carter's, "Heaven is eating foie gras to the sound of trumpets". (Someone just emailed me to tell me it was Sydney Smith). I know I went over the top a bit by suggesting champagne is the preferred drink of Catholics, that though the Church does ask us to do penance, it also commands us to feast. Feasting and High Mass, joyous processions, over the top Churches, a elated grateful constant thanksgiving for God's Grace, are the best defence against wicked Jansenism.
I said the Ascension should be celebrated with parties and feasting. I was a bit glad that no-one, yet, has come for the bottles of champers that I said were available from the Presbytery door for anyone who didn't have any for their Ascension Day party.