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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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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 468 Ratings

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.
Support the mission of Christopher and Theology of the Body Institute by becoming a Patron! Join our Patron Community at TOBPatron.com (http://tobpatron.com/).

    Redirection of Desire, Sleeping in the Same Bed & the Dignity of Every Man & Woman

    Redirection of Desire, Sleeping in the Same Bed & the Dignity of Every Man & Woman

    Questions answered this episode:



    What are some examples redirecting our desire (eros) in everyday life?
    Is there anything inherently wrong with sleeping in the same bed as a long distance girlfriend when we visit each other? Is the near occasion of sin still a sin if I don’t end up sinning?
    Where is this quote by John Paul II from: “It is the duty of every man to uphold the dignity of every woman”?


    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.




    🔥 Get 3 FREE sessions of our flagship course on Theology of the Body


    📕 Get a copy of Christopher's [Eating the Sunrise: Meditations on the Liturgy & Our Hunger for Beauty](www.eatingthesunrise.com)


    ⚡️ Want to support the Theology of the Body Institute and have a better chance of us answering your question? Join our Patron Community!




    Submit your question at AskChristopherWest.com.




    Resources mentioned this week:


    Want to join us on one of our pilgrimages? Click here




    🎥Check out our YouTube Channel


    📚 View our COURSE SCHEDULE to register for a course, ONLINE or IN-PERSON!


    📘 GOOD NEWS ABOUT SEX & MARRIAGE by Christopher West. Use discount code MARRIAGE during checkout for 20% off one or multiple copies.


    🏔️ Join Bill Donaghy on a pilgrimage to the UK to walk in the footsteps of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and G.K. Chesterton. July 16-25, 2024
    Get details here


    🌟 For professional Catholic Life Coaching, including Porn Recovery: https://www.stevemotylcoaching.com/




    If you are in financial need and honestly cannot afford a book or resource recommended on this podcast, contact: michele@tobinstitute.org




    Find Christopher West on Facebook and Instagram.
    Discover the Theology of the Body Institute.




    If you enjoy the podcast, help us out by writing a review. Thanks for listening!




    Christopher and Wendy hope their advice is helpful to you, but they are not licensed counseling professionals. If you are dealing with serious issues, please consult our list of trusted professionals.


    Featuring music by Mike Mangione.

    • 46 min
    Aroused by Displays of Affection, Receiving the Eucharist in Mortal Sin & Getting Married Young

    Aroused by Displays of Affection, Receiving the Eucharist in Mortal Sin & Getting Married Young

    Questions answered this episode:



    I’m dating a wonderful man. I’m very sensitive to physical touch and get aroused very easily. Even holding hands results in arousal. Do you have any advice? Is it okay to keep showing those displays of affection even though they are accompanied by arousal?
    Why is it a mortal sin to receive the Eucharist in a state of sin? Is the Lord not seeking for us to receive him even when we’re separated from him? Do you have any advice for raising children to feel comfortable refraining from the Eucharist without fear of judgment from those around them?
    I hear so many religious people saying we should get married young. I’ll be 32 soon but I long for marriage. Should I give up on what I so desperately want because of people who clearly know about this topic?


    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.




    🔥 Get 3 FREE sessions of our flagship course on Theology of the Body


    📕 Get a copy of Christopher's [Eating the Sunrise: Meditations on the Liturgy & Our Hunger for Beauty](www.eatingthesunrise.com)


    ⚡️ Want to support the Theology of the Body Institute and have a better chance of us answering your question? Join our Patron Community!




    Submit your question at AskChristopherWest.com.




    Resources mentioned this week:


    If you're interested in the TOB1 Online and TOB2 in person discount, reach out to Hannah Shaffer, our assitant director of programs: hannah@tobinstitute.org
    What to Do With Your Sexual Needs YouTube Video
    Sexual Needs Into Prayer YouTube Video
    Love & Responsibility YouTube Series




    🎥Check out our YouTube Channel


    📚 View our COURSE SCHEDULE to register for a course, ONLINE or IN-PERSON!


    📘 GOOD NEWS ABOUT SEX & MARRIAGE by Christopher West. Use discount code MARRIAGE during checkout for 20% off one or multiple copies.


    🏔️ Join Bill Donaghy on a pilgrimage to the UK to walk in the footsteps of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and G.K. Chesterton. July 16-25, 2024
    Get details here


    🌟 For professional Catholic Life Coaching, including Porn Recovery: https://www.stevemotylcoaching.com/




    If you are in financial need and honestly cannot afford a book or resource recommended on this podcast, contact: michele@tobinstitute.org




    Find Christopher West on Facebook and Instagram.
    Discover the Theology of the Body Institute.




    If you enjoy the podcast, help us out by writing a review. Thanks for listening!




    Christopher and Wendy hope their advice is helpful to you, but they are not licensed counseling professionals. If you are dealing with serious issues, please consult our list of trusted professionals.


    Featuring music by Mike Mangione.

    • 48 min
    Relationship With My Deceased Baby, P*rn Struggle & Compassion from God and for Others

    Relationship With My Deceased Baby, P*rn Struggle & Compassion from God and for Others

    Questions answered this episode:



    My husband and I are approaching the 25th anniversary of the birth and death of our second born. All this time later, I realize I wish I had a better relationship with him. Do you have any suggestions on how to go about nursing a relationship with my baby on this side of heaven before we are reunited again?
    I’ve struggled with porn the majority of my life but I’ve been trying to identify what keeps drawing me back. This struggle leads me to have many anxieties and fears which don’t allow me to live life to the full. Do you have any advice?
    Do you think it’s possible to have a connection with someone who does not show us compassion? How can one receive compassion from God in our lives? If we do feel compassion from God, can that help in forming a connection for someone whom we don’t feel it?


    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.




    🔥 Get 3 FREE sessions of our flagship course on Theology of the Body


    📕 Get a copy of Christopher's [Eating the Sunrise: Meditations on the Liturgy & Our Hunger for Beauty](www.eatingthesunrise.com)


    ⚡️ Want to support the Theology of the Body Institute and have a better chance of us answering your question? Join our Patron Community!




    Submit your question at AskChristopherWest.com.




    Resources mentioned this week:


    If you're interested in the TOB1 Online and TOB2 in person discount, reach out to Hannah Shaffer, our assitant director of programs: hannah@tobinstitute.org
    Freedom Coaching




    🎥Check out our YouTube Channel


    📚 View our COURSE SCHEDULE to register for a course, ONLINE or IN-PERSON!


    📘 GOOD NEWS ABOUT SEX & MARRIAGE by Christopher West. Use discount code MARRIAGE during checkout for 20% off one or multiple copies.


    🏔️ Join Bill Donaghy on a pilgrimage to the UK to walk in the footsteps of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and G.K. Chesterton. July 16-25, 2024
    Get details here


    🌟 For professional Catholic Life Coaching, including Porn Recovery: https://www.stevemotylcoaching.com/




    If you are in financial need and honestly cannot afford a book or resource recommended on this podcast, contact: michele@tobinstitute.org




    Find Christopher West on Facebook and Instagram.
    Discover the Theology of the Body Institute.




    If you enjoy the podcast, help us out by writing a review. Thanks for listening!




    Christopher and Wendy hope their advice is helpful to you, but they are not licensed counseling professionals. If you are dealing with serious issues, please consult our list of trusted professionals.


    Featuring music by Mike Mangione.

    • 47 min
    Satisfied with God But Longing for a Husband, Struggle with M*sturbation as a Woman & Protestant Teaching on Contraception

    Satisfied with God But Longing for a Husband, Struggle with M*sturbation as a Woman & Protestant Teaching on Contraception

    Questions answered this episode:



    I’ve heard it said that maybe the reason one hasn’t met their spouse is because God wants wants you to be content solely with Him. But if I get to a point where I am entirely satisfied by God and only Him, then would I even want a spouse at that point? How do I tell God I love Him above all but that I also want a husband?
    I’ve struggled with masturbation since I was a little girl. I met a wonderful priest who helped me stop, not because of any particular advice but because of his profound love for me. At some point I moved away and fell into the old habit. I feel discouraged and don’t see a path forward. Do you have any advice?
    I’m a protestant that recently got engaged. I’m somewhat familiar with the protestant position on contraception. I’ve done more study on the Catholic position and I see a lot of beauty in it. Why is it wrong to separate the pleasurable and procreative aspects of sex within marriage? Can a husband and wife not express their love for each other by giving themselves to the other for the intimacy and pleasure that sex brings?


    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.




    🔥 Get 3 FREE sessions of our flagship course on Theology of the Body


    📕 Get a copy of Christopher's [Eating the Sunrise: Meditations on the Liturgy & Our Hunger for Beauty](www.eatingthesunrise.com)


    ⚡️ Want to support the Theology of the Body Institute and have a better chance of us answering your question? Join our Patron Community!




    Submit your question at AskChristopherWest.com.




    Resources mentioned this week:


    If you're interested in the TOB1 Online and TOB2 in person discount, reach out to Hannah Shaffer, our assitant director of programs: hannah@tobinstitute.org
    If you can't afford Christopher's Good News About Sex and Marriage, you can reach out to Michele Sankus: Michele@tobinstitute.org
    Click here for the link to the mentioned article:




    🎥Check out our YouTube Channel


    📚 View our COURSE SCHEDULE to register for a course, ONLINE or IN-PERSON!


    📘 GOOD NEWS ABOUT SEX & MARRIAGE by Christopher West. Use discount code MARRIAGE during checkout for 20% off one or multiple copies.


    🏔️ Join Bill Donaghy on a pilgrimage to the UK to walk in the footsteps of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and G.K. Chesterton. July 16-25, 2024
    Get details here


    🌟 For professional Catholic Life Coaching, including Porn Recovery: https://www.stevemotylcoaching.com/




    If you are in financial need and honestly cannot afford a book or resource recommended on this podcast, contact: michele@tobinstitute.org




    Find Christopher West on Facebook and Instagram.
    Discover the Theology of the Body Institute.




    If you enjoy the podcast, help us out by writing a review. Thanks for listening!




    Christopher and Wendy hope their advice is helpful to you, but they are not licensed counseling professionals. If you are dealing with serious issues, please consult our list of trusted professionals.


    Featuring music by Mike Mangione.

    • 59 min
    Cooperation with Evil, Appreciating Masculinity and Guarding One’s Heart

    Cooperation with Evil, Appreciating Masculinity and Guarding One’s Heart

    Questions answered this episode:



    I work for a subsidiary of a large national pharmacy that will soon start to distribute abortion pills. Do you have any advice for discerning the line between remote and material cooperation with evil? How should I determine when it’s time to start working for a new company?
    I grew up as the oldest child of a narcissistic father and was verbally abused my entire life. I’m in my mid 20’s and I want to pursue the vocation God has for me, but I’m also terrified by the idea of marriage. Do you have any tips on how to appreciate masculinity? How can I recognize moments of contention that may indicate that I need healing and growth?
    I’m attracted to a good and holy Catholic man and desire to pursue a relationship but I’m unsure if he feels the same way. I know the Lord is calling me to not bring the matter up to him, but to be patient and wait. How do I guard my heart when it desires more than friendship? How can I do this without shedding out the possibility of a relationship?


    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.




    🔥 Get 3 FREE sessions of our flagship course on Theology of the Body


    📕 Get a copy of Christopher's [Eating the Sunrise: Meditations on the Liturgy & Our Hunger for Beauty](www.eatingthesunrise.com)


    ⚡️ Want to support the Theology of the Body Institute and have a better chance of us answering your question? Join our Patron Community!




    Submit your question at AskChristopherWest.com.




    Resources mentioned this week:


    John Paul II Healing Center
    John Paul II Healing Center Events
    CONSECRATION TO JESUS THROUGH ST. JOSEPH




    🎥Check out our YouTube Channel


    📚 View our COURSE SCHEDULE to register for a course, ONLINE or IN-PERSON!


    📘 GOOD NEWS ABOUT SEX & MARRIAGE by Christopher West. Use discount code MARRIAGE during checkout for 20% off one or multiple copies.


    🏔️ Join Bill Donaghy on a pilgrimage to the UK to walk in the footsteps of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and G.K. Chesterton. July 16-25, 2024
    Get details here


    🌟 For professional Catholic Life Coaching, including Porn Recovery: https://www.stevemotylcoaching.com/




    If you are in financial need and honestly cannot afford a book or resource recommended on this podcast, contact: michele@tobinstitute.org




    Find Christopher West on Facebook and Instagram.
    Discover the Theology of the Body Institute.




    If you enjoy the podcast, help us out by writing a review. Thanks for listening!




    Christopher and Wendy hope their advice is helpful to you, but they are not licensed counseling professionals. If you are dealing with serious issues, please consult our list of trusted professionals.


    Featuring music by Mike Mangione.

    • 44 min
    “Jesus’ Hostility Towards the Body”, “The Main Goal of Intercourse” & “Bowing for Incense”

    “Jesus’ Hostility Towards the Body”, “The Main Goal of Intercourse” & “Bowing for Incense”

    Questions answered this episode:



    Jesus seems to be hostile towards the body in Mt 5:29-31. How does that go together with the sacramentality of our bodies?
    What is the main goal of the union between man and woman?
    Why do people bow for incense?


    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.




    🔥 Get 3 FREE sessions of our flagship course on Theology of the Body


    📕 Get a copy of Christopher's [Eating the Sunrise: Meditations on the Liturgy & Our Hunger for Beauty](www.eatingthesunrise.com)


    ⚡️ Want to support the Theology of the Body Institute and have a better chance of us answering your question? Join our Patron Community!




    Submit your question at AskChristopherWest.com.




    Resources mentioned this week:


    Go to TOB Pilgrimages at 7pm ET on Monday. May 20th for an info session on the Rome Pilgrimage
    Isaac's Music




    🎥Check out our YouTube Channel


    📚 View our COURSE SCHEDULE to register for a course, ONLINE or IN-PERSON!


    📘 GOOD NEWS ABOUT SEX & MARRIAGE by Christopher West. Use discount code MARRIAGE during checkout for 20% off one or multiple copies.


    🏔️ Join Bill Donaghy on a pilgrimage to the UK to walk in the footsteps of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and G.K. Chesterton. July 16-25, 2024
    Get details here


    🌟 For professional Catholic Life Coaching, including Porn Recovery: https://www.stevemotylcoaching.com/




    If you are in financial need and honestly cannot afford a book or resource recommended on this podcast, contact: michele@tobinstitute.org




    Find Christopher West on Facebook and Instagram.
    Discover the Theology of the Body Institute.




    If you enjoy the podcast, help us out by writing a review. Thanks for listening!




    Christopher and Wendy hope their advice is helpful to you, but they are not licensed counseling professionals. If you are dealing with serious issues, please consult our list of trusted professionals.


    Featuring music by Mike Mangione.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
468 Ratings

468 Ratings

Joshua1121 ,

Listen, Learn, Love

It is difficult to try to summarize how valuable this podcast is. Every Christian—Catholic and Protestant—needs the curative medicine offered here to heal the mind-numbing, body-debasing, heart-breaking effects of the sexual revolution we’ve all inherited.

Depending on the question and the day, Christopher and Wendy remind me of Jesus opening the eyes of the blind, an EMT come to wheel the wounded to safety, a record store owner eager to share his favorite tracks with anyone who asks, a search and rescue worker kindling a fire for a lost hiker, an archeologist gently dusting away dirt from ancient artifacts, or a giddy camp counselor raucously waking up kids to a glorious new day.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Americanelbrayo ,

Awesome

Great podcast, thanks for helping me get closer to God

Jejupotato ,

Great, however

I like this podcast but I do not like how Christopher West does not let his wife, Wendy, talk. I’m listening to the “true feminity” and it’s driving me nuts. She’s tried to talk so many times now and he just keeps interrupting her and talking over her. Please let your wife talk… I appreciate what she has to say — just as much if not more than Christopher.

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