TCA Podcast, – “Conversations with Consequences,” Episode 176 – The Conversion Of Shia LaBeouf & Carl Trueman On The Making Of The Modern SelfWith the news of troubled actor Shia LaBeouf converting to Catholicism, the TCA team looks at the providential moments that led to this change of heart including his upcoming role starring as Padre Pio. Christian theologian Carl Trueman also joins with a philosophical discussion on The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self, and why the sexual revolution is more of a symptom, not the cause of the search for identity. Father Roger Landry also offers an inspiring homily to prepare us for this Sunday’s Gospel. Catch the show every Saturday at 7amET/5pmET on EWTN radio! 1. Mother Teresa and the ‘Sisters Who Stay’, Her order, the Missionaries of Charity, never shrinks from serving the destitute and trusting in God., By Jim Towey, The Wall Street Journal, September 2, 2022, Pg. A13, Opinion St. Teresa of Calcutta, known during her lifetime as Mother Teresa, died on Sept. 5, 1997. The 25th anniversary should be an occasion for reflection on the Missionaries of Charity, the congregation she founded in 1950 to work with the destitute. As religious vocations for women have declined by around a quarter since 1997, Mother Teresa’s order has grown by a third—with more than 5,100 sisters serving in 139 countries. Why has it flourished? Perhaps in part because the strenuous demands of the calling attract only those who are fully committed to God. Missionaries of Charity wake up at 4:40 each morning and go to bed late in the evening. They receive no salaries or health benefits, forgo material comforts like air-conditioning and television, and see their families only once a decade. Mother Teresa’s example of self-sacrifice and fearless faith serve as inspiration for her sisters as they live out their vow to provide “wholehearted and free service to the poorest of the poor.”  If a tree is known by its fruit, Mother Teresa’s was the most bountiful of harvests. The anniversary of her death gives the world the opportunity to ponder her legacy and recommit to those who need compassion and care. Few of us can hope to change the world as she did, but all of us can change the world of those around us, starting in our own families and neighborhoods, bringing a smile to the forlorn, hope to the despairing and love to the unloved. As she often said, love is a fruit always in season. Mr. Towey is founder of the nonprofit Aging with Dignity and is author of “To Love and Be Loved: A Personal Portrait of Mother Teresa,” forthcoming in September. 2. The Ambition of Michigan Abortion Rights, More reasons that this initiative isn’t in the center of public opinion., By The Wall Street Journal, September 1, 2022, 6:44 PM, Editorial Last month Kansas voted to keep a constitutional protection for abortion, 59% to 41%. The lesson for pro-life advocates is that even in a red state like Kansas, if voters are given an all-or-nothing choice on abortion policy, they might well go for all. The Michigan amendment isn’t in the center of public opinion, but neither is the state’s extant 1931 law, which bans abortion with no exception for rape victims. If Republicans want to beat the constitutional amendment at the ballot box, now is the time to tell the public what kind of policy they intend to enact instead. 3. San Marino legalizes abortion, year after voters gave OK, By Frances D’Emilio, Associated Press, September 1, 2022, 10:51 AM Advocates for abortion rights in San Marino expressed satisfaction Thursday that lawmakers voted to legalize abortion in the tiny republic, one of the last European states to have had the procedure outlawed under all circumstances. Wednesday’s parliamentary vote was the culmination of a referendum last year in which citizens overwhelmingly voted to overturn a 150-year-old law that criminalized the procedure. The legislature of the predominantly Catholic nation voted 32 in favor, seven against and 10 abstaining to make abortion legal in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. 4. Pope: Correct view of tradition nurtures beauty, grandeur of the liturgy, By Carol Glatz, Crux, September 1, 2022 The liturgy must be nurtured with care and never be neglected or abused, Pope Francis said. “The liturgy is Christ’s work and the church’s, and as such, it is a living body,” he told members of Italy’s Association of Professors of Liturgy. The liturgy “is not a monument made of marble or bronze, it’s not a museum piece. The liturgy is alive like a plant, and it must be nurtured with care” and never be “neglected or mistreated,” he said.

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