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

  • The Whole Bible in 5 Words | ACW191

    September 5th, 2022  |  41 mins 54 secs
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    Any tips on how to offer hope to my brother who struggles with same sex attraction? Wendy, could you share more about praying for Christopher while he was pursuing an other woman before you were together? Where can I find the complete works of John Paul II on Theology of the Body?

    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

  • Deception, Marriage Debt, and Sexual Trauma | ACW190

    August 29th, 2022  |  52 mins 7 secs
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    What jargon in our world today do you think is keeping us from seeing/hearing the actual Truth? What is "marriage debt"? How can I share my deep wounds of past sexual abuse with my husband without giving details that will be unhelpful?

    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 Spiritual Fingerprint | ACW189

    August 22nd, 2022  |  45 mins 14 secs
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    Can you flesh out the concept of placing our intentions in the womb of the Blessed Mother? Isn't using NFP to avoid a pregnancy less open to life than just having sex without tracking the woman's cycle? As a young woman I sometimes find myself wishing my body was different and I feel that what God has given me is not enough. Does Theology of the Body have any help to offer?

    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 Jackpot | ACW188

    August 15th, 2022  |  48 mins 44 secs
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    How can you logically disprove misinterpretations of scripture? In the analogy between liturgy and marital intimacy, what is the symbolic equivalent of the altar? What are your thoughts on the TOB dimensions of breast feeding?

    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 Healing Journey | ACW187

    August 8th, 2022  |  45 mins 34 secs
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    Does Theology of the Body have anything to contribute to the image of placing prayer intentions in the womb of Mary? Should people always be actively seeking a vocation to marriage or religious life? How did you get healed from your sexual past and 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 Waste of Time? | ACW186

    August 1st, 2022  |  34 mins 17 secs
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    What are your thoughts on nudity in art? How can Theology of the Body help me and my fiance discuss our disagreements about abortion? What are your thoughts on teaching TOB in Catholic high schools? Is it a waste of time?

    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 Glory That Awaits | ACW185

    July 25th, 2022  |  45 mins 48 secs
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    What should I do, as a husband, about missing the way my wife's body used to be? As a virgin man saving himself for marriage, how can I prepare myself physically to connect with my future wife spiritually and emotionally and provide pleasure to her without falling into sin? How should you respond to a child or adult who says they do not desire physical affection?

    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.

  • It Takes A Lifetime | ACW184

    July 18th, 2022  |  36 mins 35 secs
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    I'm scared of my marriage changing after we start having kids – do you have any advice? How do you discern what God is calling you to do vs. what you want to do? What is the importance of a parental blessing on a marriage?

    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 Third Way | ACW183

    July 11th, 2022  |  49 mins 43 secs
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    Why are we "the bride" in the spousal analogy, independently of being men or women, while priests must be men in order to signify the bridegroom? How can I, as a woman, prepare myself to receive the sacrament of marriage and confront my fear of consumation? Do you have any suggestions for approaching our teenage children who have been influenced by LGBTQ propaganda?

    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.

  • Blood and Water | ACW182

    July 4th, 2022  |  44 mins 38 secs
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    How can I best love my husband while holding up appropriate boundaries when he acts abusively, out of pain and suffering? Did God create men to be more susceptible to sexual sin? How can my husband and I grow in love for one another during our struggle with infertility?

    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.

  • They Know Not What They Do | ACW181

    June 27th, 2022  |  47 mins 26 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 does TOB inform about why throwing up is so horrible? Is it sinful to seek arousal within marriage outside of the marital embrace? Am I in the wrong for being hurt by my boyfriends past sexual relationship if he didn't know any better?

    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 One Blessing | ACW180

    June 20th, 2022  |  52 mins 55 secs
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    I know life has consolations and desolations but I find it hard to enjoy the blessings in my life because the troubles simply over take all the good that is happening. Am I doing something wrong? What light can Theology of the Body shed on Jesus' words in Luke 23:28-30? Could you share some reflections on the nuptial blessing in the sacrament of matrimony?

    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.