Ask Christopher West

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

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

  • Death and Dinosaurs, Disinterested Gift & the Fruits of Sin | ACW253

    November 6th, 2023  |  52 mins 54 secs
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    • If death entered the world with the fall of man, what about all the other creatures on earth before man came into the scene?
    • What is the disinterested gift that John Paul II talks about and how does it relate to eros?
    • My wife does not want any more children and resists the idea of practicing NFP. How do I not destroy my marriage, not put my soul in jeopardy and still live my moral obligation as a Catholic with a clear conscience under these circumstances?
  • Trauma Growing Up, TOB for Teens & Top 5 TOB Movies | ACW252

    October 30th, 2023  |  44 mins 19 secs
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    • I grew up in a very painful and hurtful environment and fear that all my personality traits come from this broken past. How do I continue to trust God when it feels like I’m becoming a stranger to myself and everyone that knows me?
    • Is it possible to talk to teens about the beauty of their sexuality in a way that won’t make them feel threatened or embarrassed?
    • What are the top 5 Theology of the Body movies that you would recommend to someone?
  • Looking Lustfully, M*sturbation & Perfectionism in Marriage | ACW251

    October 23rd, 2023  |  42 mins 23 secs
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    • I have a hard time trying to determine if the way I look at women is sinful or not. Do you have any advice?
    • Is there any difference between touching different parts of my body and masturbation? I don’t understand why the latter is sinful while the former is perfectly acceptable.
    • Did you struggle with perfectionism when practicing NFP? Is the way I see NFP a contraceptive mentality? How can I feel more confident and not scared about the pleasure I’ll feel in marriage?
  • Living as Brother and Sister, Climax Outside Intercourse & the Incarnation as Plan B | ACW250

    October 16th, 2023  |  54 mins 33 secs
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    • When would it be appropriate to recommend living as brother and sister to couples who got a civil divorce, got remarried but are still in a sacramental marriage with a former spouse? What exactly does “living as brother and sister” entail?
    • Where does the Church teach that mutual acts of intimacy which do not involve intercourse but which result in orgasm for one or both spouses are evil?
    • Can you explain how the Incarnation was not God’s plan B?
  • Being "Cool", Erectile Dysfunction & Adopting Embryos | ACW249

    October 9th, 2023  |  55 mins 32 secs
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    • I’m a mother, and now that my children are in school and going through the social dynamics of popularity, memories from my own time in school and this unhealthy dynamic are welling up. Why do I have this need to feel like I’m “cool”?
    • We are a married couple struggling with the trial of managing intimacy and aging. At this point, I’m struggling to maintain an erection and my wife is urging me to seek a solution. Do you have any advice?
    • My housemate works for a Christian adoption agency that allows couples desiring children of their own to adopt and implant embryos that were originally conceived for in-vitro fertilisation purposes but that are no longer going to be allowed to further develop by the conceiving couple. What are your thoughts?
  • Reading TOB, NFP Struggles & Old Loves | ACW248

    October 2nd, 2023  |  46 mins 35 secs
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    • I'm trying to read through the actual text of John Paul's Theology of the Body but I find it incredibly difficult to understand. Is there anything I could do?
    • My best friend and her husband are practicing Natural Family Planing. She feels isolated, discouraged and frustrated. Meanwhile, I feel like NFP should be a team effort and a source of closeness to the couple. Do you have any advice?
    • I was in an unhealthy relationship with a man but I still long for his closeness. What place do old relationships have in light of the TOB?
  • Wife Blessings, Parenthood Roles and Dating Non-Catholics | ACW247

    September 25th, 2023  |  38 mins 37 secs
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    • Can a wife bless her husband?
    • My husband doesn’t understand the huge life change that motherhood has been for me. How can I prevent our difference in parenthood roles from affecting our relationship?
    • I’m a Catholic young adult whom recently dated an Anglican. I enjoyed our time together but decided to not formalize the relationship. I’m uncertain if my decision was based on selfishness or prudence. Do you have any advice?
  • Cohabitation, Scarred Sexuality and Alzheimer's | ACW246

    September 18th, 2023  |  39 mins 11 secs
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    • My daughter & her fiancé are thinking about moving in together before getting married in the Church and she expects me to help with the move. What should I do?
    • I struggled with porn addiction and I experience self-hatred towards my sexuality. How can I deal with my scarred sexuality in a practical way?
    • My father has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and whenever I look at him I don’t recognize him. What does our faith teach us about mental disease?
  • Lingerie in Marriage | ACW245

    September 12th, 2023  |  48 mins 26 secs
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    • I was pregnant and developed a condition that led to an early delivery and the passing of my son within a few hours of delivery. Now I’m struggling to see my womb as a place of life instead of death. Can the Theology of the Body shine a light on this?
    • Does one have to be in a state of grace in order to receive the sacramental benefits from marriage? What if one of the spouses is in a state of grace and the other is not?
    • What does the Theology of the Body have to say about lingerie?
  • The Horrors that Christ Endured | ACW244

    September 4th, 2023  |  48 mins 12 secs
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    Questions answered this episode:

    • I recently watched the movie Sound of Freedom and I was deeply moved. What do you think is contributing to this horrific reality and why hasn't the Church addressed this crisis?
    • Was Adam at fault when eating of the forbidden tree? Did John Paul II say anything about it in his Theology of the Body?
    • My wife has been experiencing excessive bleeding and doctors have recommended a hysterectomy. What is the Church's position on this?
  • How To Heal a Stoic Heart | ACW243

    August 28th, 2023  |  50 mins 42 secs
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    Questions answered this episode:

    • Do you have any tips for healing for someone that chose to be a stoic rather than an addict before he/she knew about the banquet that the Gospel offered?
    • Should I share that I'm no longer a virgin with the next person I date? Can I become a virgin again?
    • We are recent weds but discerned avoiding pregnancy for the beginning of our marriage. We are uncertain about when her next menstrual cycle will come and are wondering if we'll have to wait until her next cycle so that we can consumate our marriage. Why is God putting us in this situation?
  • Intimacy In Dating | ACW242

    August 21st, 2023  |  42 mins 53 secs
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    • How has doing this podcast together impacted you as a couple?
    • How can I balance intimacy in the context of dating without adopting a mentality of how far can we go?
    • Should hormonal birth control always be avoided?