Staying in the Ache | ACW127
June 7th, 2021
40 mins 38 secs
About this Episode
How do you handle it when your spouse's words or actions hurt you? If sexual desire points to a desire for God, what do we do with the tension we feel while waiting for Him?
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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Thank you for your beautiful ministry, my parents divorced when I was a teenager. I’m still surrendering those wounds to Jesus. In my brokenness, I realize how desperately I’d like to have an earthly marriage model to look up to. I’m thankful to both of you for sharing and modeling that to me.
Wendy, Christopher makes it sound as if it’s so natural for you (even in your friendship) to love him unconditionally. That makes me wonder how you do it! How do you handle when his words or actions hurt you? Do you struggle too, because I am struggling? My mother’s advice is full of negativity towards men. I guess I’m just yearning for some healthy motherly advice.
I have a lot of questions. If sexual desire points to a desire for God, then what do you do with the sexual energy and tension while waiting for Jesus without falling into gnosticism? If we ask God to be mystically married to Jesus like the saints will He then have to answer our request? And what does God do with the heartbreak we feel if we yearn for people we cannot be with because of the circumstances of this world?
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Featuring music by Mike Mangione.