There has been quite a bit of chatter among Catholic circles about the announcement that troubled Hollywood actor Shia LaBeouf has entered the Catholic Church.
I've always written the guy off as something of a lunatic, which certainly was born out by his previous actions.
Apparently he was making a biopic about St. Padre Pio and it was in researching the role and visiting the sites of the saint's miracles that he felt the irresistible call to the faith.
I'm reminded of other high-profile conversions that didn't 'take.' After Hurricane Katrina smashed New Orleans, Anne Rice renounced her sinful ways and returned to the Catholic Church only to leave it shortly afterwards (if I recall she was annoyed with the Church's stance on homosexuality, which you'd think she would have known at that point).
I've watched some interview with him and Bishop Robert Barron and he sounds quite calm and indeed eloquent. Apparently what moved him most of all was the understanding that he could be forgiven for his many sins. Even if he later stumbles, this is a great truth that needs to be shared.
We all sin, and the Enemy wants to ensnare us in the belief that our sins will never go away and we will always be separated from God. It's just not true, and the older I get, the more I treasure the Sacrament of Reconciliation.