How we got started in ministry. Healing from sexual abuse. How true art can heal the wounds of pornography.
Ask Christopher West is a weekly podcast in which Theology of the Body Institute President Christopher West and his beloved wife Wendy share their humor and wisdom, answering questions about marriage, relationships, life, and the Catholic faith, all in light of John Paul II’s beautiful teachings on the Theology of the Body.
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Q2: Hi! I am a 25 year old practicing Catholic. I have been really struggling recently with my image of God the Father and Jesus. I was sexually assaulted, physically, and mentally abused by my own father which has altered the way I perceive older men and especially Jesus now as an adult. I would say that I have a good prayer life. I receive sacraments regularly; but in the depths of my soul, there is a part of me that has been corrupted in regards to all things having to do with fatherhood It's like I know the difference in my mind; I even gave Theology of the Body talks to other students in my college campus ministry, but in my heart and memory, there is still an inner struggle with believing and understanding what a good father is.
Q3: Hi Christopher and Wendy. I’ve been struggling with pornography for a long time, and have been praying for the Lord to help me overcome it. I’m also struggling with depression and hopelessness due to this problem and other things. I am currently studying classical art in an institute were we work with nude models all day long. I’ve found myself tempted quite often, and there have been times I’ve had to avoid class because of the struggle not to objectify the woman posing. Even though I know it is not intrinsically evil, do you think it would be wise for me to stay away while I find healing?
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