Ask Christopher West

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

282 episodes of Ask Christopher West since the first episode, which aired on January 7th, 2019.

  • Open Bathroom Policy, Stopping Birth Control "Cold Turkey" & Idolizing One's Spouse

    February 26th, 2024  |  50 mins 13 secs
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    • My husband and I have 4 children 7 years old and under. We have unintentionally adopted an open door bathroom policy in our home. Is there an age where this would cease to be appropriate?
    • I’m entering the Church this easter but my husband is not. I want to honor him but I also want to step into what I believe God wants for us and our fertility. How do I have this conversation with my husband? Do I just stop birth control “cold turkey”?
    • What does idolizing one’s spouse actually look like?
  • "Remain", Contraception & the Sacrifice of Motherhood

    February 19th, 2024  |  38 mins 37 secs
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    • The word remain has been coming up in my prayer. Do you have deeper insights into this word? Has it ever come up for you in prayer?
    • Where do you recommend that I go to learn more about the topic of contraception from an academic perspective?
    • I’m a stay at home mom. The way the world, my family and friends think about motherhood saddens me. Do you have any advice?
  • Resurrection & Final Judgement, Anesthetized to Beauty and Call to Single Life

    February 12th, 2024  |  57 mins 25 secs
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    • Will heaven be less spectacular until the day when souls get reunited with their bodies? How will the final judgement change the status of people already in heaven or in hell?
    • How can I begin to enter into the deep emotional realities of art like music or movies?
    • How can I know if my desire to live a single life is my calling?
  • God Liking Us, Dating Wounds In Newly Weds & Fishing for Compliments

    February 5th, 2024  |  47 mins 44 secs
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    • How can I know if God not only loves me but likes me?
    • My husband and I recently married but I find that I’m resentful and defensive because of things that happened during our 5 years of dating. I continue to grow angrier and resentful as our marriage goes on. Do you have any advice?
    • I’m a young woman and often find myself wanting to be desired by another man. Is looking for affirmation in this way a form of lust?
  • Letting My Future Husband Love My Body, Medical Infertility & TOB for 7th Graders

    January 29th, 2024  |  40 mins 31 secs
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    • I’m engaged and looking forward to marriage but have struggled with body image and eating disorders. How can I prepare myself mentally, emotionally and/or physically for the marital embrace? How can I love my body more so that I can let my fiancé love it too?
    • What does the Church say about medical infertility?
    • Do you have any resources available to teach Theology of the Body for 7th graders?
  • Subjective Beauty, Abstinence from Sexual Intimacy & Unwanted Pregnancy.

    January 22nd, 2024  |  40 mins 17 secs
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    • Is it true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder?
    • I become distant and irritable when abstaining from sexual intimacy with my wife. Do you have any advice?
    • How can I accept an undesired pregnancy?
  • Makeup, Prescribing Contraception & NFP as Openness to Life

    January 15th, 2024  |  33 mins 6 secs
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    • Is there anything wrong with me for being attracted to someone only when she uses makeup?
    • As a physician, is prescribing contraception a mortal sin?
    • My husband thinks we should use NPF for the rest of our marriage but I long to continue having children. Do you have any thoughts?
  • Fertility Body Fluids, M*sturbation & Healing of Sexual Past

    January 8th, 2024  |  42 mins 2 secs
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    • How do we reorient what we find gross about the bodily functions?
    • What is m*sturbation?
    • As a pre-engaged couple, how do we heal from our sexual past?
  • Getting Over First Love, Same Sex Attraction & Wedding Ceremony

    January 2nd, 2024  |  45 mins 58 secs
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    • Will I ever get over my first love? Is it okay date others while still attached to another?
    • What story does the body of a person with same sex attraction tell?
    • Why does the bride come in after the priest at a wedding?

  • Blessing of Same Sex Unions, Wedding Night & Intimacy in Prayer with Jesus and One Another.

    December 25th, 2023  |  49 mins 9 secs
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    • What’s going on with the blessing of same sex unions?
    • Does the TOB have anything to say about consummating your marriage on the wedding night?
    • How do Christopher and Wendy live their intimacy with Jesus in parallel with their intimacy as husband and wife?
  • Spiritual Mothers in Parishes, Beauty Standards & "Not in the Mood"

    December 18th, 2023  |  48 mins 56 secs
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    • Why are our parishes only run by fathers if the domestic church (the family) is run by fathers and mothers?
    • I’m not “stunning” compared to the standards of beauty that society has. I know I’m “beautifully and wonderfully made” but I understand this only with my mind, not my heart. Do you have any advice?
    • I’ve heard that as married couples, we need to be intimate to show our love even if we’re not in the mood. If my bride is not in the mood, it would seem to me like I’d be forcing my needs unto her. Does the TOB shine a light on this?
  • Marital Jealousy in Heaven, Passing on Genetic Disease & Saying "No" | ACW258

    December 11th, 2023  |  50 mins 22 secs
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    • I’m getting married soon and I know that there will be no marriage in heaven. Recently the thought of spending such a short life with my future husband and then eternity alone has crept in. Can the TOB speak into this?
    • I have a genetical disease that has a 50% probability of being passed on. Can the Theology of the Body provide help to discern if I should take the risk?
    • In my marriage, my husband seems to use sex like a drug. Can I refuse to engage in intercourse out of love?