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 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
    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 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
    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

    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.

  • What Is Your Calling? | ACW179

    June 13th, 2022  |  42 mins 21 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
  • We Have to Stand Up | ACW178

    June 6th, 2022  |  53 mins 54 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 mental health conditions relate to Theology of the Body and the discernment of our vocations? Do you think there is a relationship between our ability to recognize the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist and His presence in souls of those we encounter? As a nurse, how should I go about carring for patients who are "transitioning genders"?

    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.

  • Purity in Physical Affection | ACW177

    May 30th, 2022  |  42 mins 39 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 do you recommend for teaching middle school students about the Catholic stance on modern gender issues? Do you have any advice or resources for healing mother wounds? How do you ensure purity of desire when, in giving physical affection, you are also receiveing 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.

  • Somebody Knows We're Confused | ACW176

    May 23rd, 2022  |  35 mins 43 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

    Am I doing something wrong if I get more out of this podcast than out of prayer? I'm concerned about my boyfriend following women he's attracted to on social media – I want to feel like I am enough. What do you think of the connections between Our Lady on Islam?

    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 Demands of Love | ACW175

    May 16th, 2022  |  32 mins 32 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 do you recommend to priests desiring to learn Theology of the Body? How can a virgin prepare for sexual intimacy with his future spouse? My wife and I are Catholic and even though I am open to life, my wife wants me to use condoms. Would doing this make me guilty of contraception? Do my husband and I have to discern whether or not to have more children?

    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.

  • Not As Orphans | ACW174

    May 9th, 2022  |  41 mins 25 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 wife whose husband is falling away from the faith? As a married woman, how should I handle being attracted to men who are not my husband? Why did Jesus ascend into heaven?

    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.

  • Good Eros vs. The Near Occasion of Sin | ACW173

    May 2nd, 2022  |  42 mins 7 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 train my mind, heart, and body to gravitate towards good eros when I'm always fearing the near occasion of sin? What is a just reason for avoiding a baby? How can I really SEE people?

    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.

  • Was Jesus Naked on the Cross? | ACW172

    April 25th, 2022  |  35 mins 19 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

    Why is Christ depicted with a loin cloth in nearly all crucifixes? Do you have any advice for finding a husband in this day and age? Do you have any insights on Jesus drawing in the dirt when the woman is caught in adultery?

    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.