Ask Christopher West

Christopher and Wendy West answer questions about faith, life, love, and sexuality, in light of John Paul II's Theology of the Body.

About the show

Since the early 90's, author and speaker Christopher West has devoted his life to spreading John Paul II's revolutionary teaching on human life, love, and sexuality: The Theology of the Body. His beloved wife Wendy, mother of their five children, has served as his confidante, friend, and support through these long years of ministry. In this podcast, Christopher and Wendy combine their wisdom to tackle the toughest questions dealing with vocation, sexuality, marriage, and the Catholic faith.

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Episodes

  • Reclaiming "Sexiness" | ACW203

    November 28th, 2022  |  42 mins 28 secs
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    Any practical advice for how to spread the message of TOB through the mass media? Is there any eternal merit or divine purpose in seeking an anulment for its own sake, without the earthly hope of remarriage? Can annulments help heal the wounds of a painful marriage and divorce? Is it wrong to be attracted to "sexiness"?

    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.

  • Balancing Ministry and Family | ACW202

    November 21st, 2022  |  57 mins 37 secs
    catholic, catholic answers, catholic podcast, catholic questions, christian, christopher west, faith formation, faith questions, john paul ii, jpii, theology of the body, theology of the body institute

    What are your prayer lives like as individuals and as a couple? How does Christopher balance his family life and work life? What actually happens spiritually during the maritual embrace and why is it so sacred?

    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.

  • What Kind of Desire? | ACW201

    November 14th, 2022  |  42 mins 49 secs
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    What is the theological significance of nocturnal emmissions? What does it mean to lust after your spouse? What does that look like? If the desire to have a spouse is holy, then what was meant after The Fall when God said to Eve, "Your desire shall be for your husband and he shall rule over you"?

    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.

  • Did God Know? | ACW200

    November 7th, 2022  |  39 mins 5 secs
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    Does the Theology of the Body touch on the mystery of death and "until death do us part"? Did God know Adam and Eve would commit the original sin? Before I was married, I had an IUD inserted. My husband and I are newly married and both want to have it removed; however, his problems with drinking make me afraid to have it taken out. . . am I still sinning by keeping it in?

    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.

  • I Never Would Have | ACW199

    October 31st, 2022  |  49 mins 48 secs
    catholic, catholic answers, catholic podcast, catholic questions, christian, christopher west, faith formation, faith questions, john paul ii, jpii, theology of the body, theology of the body institute
  • This Is Our Union | ACW198

    October 24th, 2022  |  49 mins 9 secs
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    As a man in his early thirties who has been through a legal divorce and the annulment process, what should I do to discern my vocation? What is the theology behind miscarriages and still births? As a newly-wed woman, I am afraid of making love with the lights on and allowing my husband to see me. . . what should I do?

    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.

  • A Secret Request | ACW197

    October 17th, 2022  |  45 mins 5 secs
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    What does it mean theologically that men are always fertile while women are only fertile for a fraction of each month? My boyfriend has a past of watching porn. . . it is very hard for me to feel beautiful and confident in front around him because I know that it must have effected his ideas and expectations of what the female body should look like. Any advice? I want to love and cherish my husband and be intimate with him but I am struggling with being able to be aroused. We've been married for eight years and have two young kids with a third on the way. I find I can't separate the frustrations of the day from our intimate time and I'm constantly thinking negative thoughts about his attempts to get me in the mood. I get frustrated with him and myself for not being able to be aroused and half the time we justt give up. Why can't I be aroused by my husband anymore?

    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.

  • For The Joy Set Before Him | ACW196

    October 10th, 2022  |  56 mins 17 secs
    catholic, catholic answers, catholic podcast, catholic questions, christian, christopher west, faith formation, faith questions, john paul ii, jpii, theology of the body, theology of the body institute

    What reflections do you have on the sacramental view of nature and Theology of the Body? What should do when my fiancé looks at women on Instagram? Is it possible for sexual arrousal to be born out of love and deep desire for spiritual communion? If it is possible, how can I train myself to change my mind from responding to seduction to being a man able to love and give myself as a gift?

    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.

  • Until Death Do Us Part | ACW195

    October 3rd, 2022  |  49 mins 38 secs
    catholic, catholic answers, catholic podcast, catholic questions, christian, christopher west, faith formation, faith questions, john paul ii, jpii, theology of the body, theology of the body institute

    How do I know that I truly love the woman I'm dating and that it's not just the feelings of comfort she gives me? I do not want to make my wife an object for my desire, yet when she rejects me I struggle mightily. How do I unconditionally love my wife and not ask or expect anything of her when I have such strong desires? If marriage is a sacrament of Christ's love for the Church, why is marriage only until death? Christ's love for the Church goes beyond death.

    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.

  • Riding the Wave | ACW194

    September 26th, 2022  |  44 mins 23 secs
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    Does Theology of the Body speak to what would have happend to Mary's body and soul at the end of her life? How can I, as a married man, find purpose without the joy of children? How can I introduce the themes of John Paul II's teaching on sexuality as a teacher at a secular school?

    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.

  • To Awaken Love | ACW193

    September 19th, 2022  |  50 mins 4 secs
    catholic, catholic answers, catholic podcast, catholic questions, christian, christopher west, faith formation, faith questions, john paul ii, jpii, theology of the body, theology of the body institute

    Do you have any advice for me as a priest, celebrating the mass of my cousin who is struggling with his faith? Where in the Bible does it explicitly state that it is a sin to have sex outside of marriage and where does the Catholic Church state that it is a mortal sin? What thoughts do you have on makeup and beauty standards?

    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.

  • The Little Way | ACW192

    September 12th, 2022  |  54 mins 33 secs
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    How can spouses communicate how they feel about the issue of maintaining physical attractiveness throughout the stages of married life without adding hurt to the relationship? Regarding marriage in old age, is there a dispensation in Canon Law permitting marriage if the union is unable to be consumated due to impotence after child baring years? What does it mean to take in movies, TV shows, and other stories through a "TOB lens"?