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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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Ask Christopher West Theology of the Body Institute

    • Religion & Spirituality
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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.
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/).

    Is He "The One"? | ACW133

    Is He "The One"? | ACW133

    Everytime I meet a guy, I can't help wondering if he's "the one." What's wrong with me? If a woman takes the pill for health reasons, is it immoral? Can you shed some light on grieving through the lens of Theology of the Boday


    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.


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




    Patron Question:
    Dear Christopher and Wendy, I started praying about my future and asking God what he wants for my life. I feel like I’m called to marriage. The thing is, since realising that marriage is my vocation, I’m incapable of seeing members of the other sex primarily as a beautiful human being made in the image of God. When I meet a guy I think, “God, is this him?”
    I feel like I should be able to control my thoughts better. What should I do?


    Question 2:
    Many doctors prescribe the birth control pill to women as a treatment for irregular periods, hormone imbalance, and acne. If a woman takes these pills as prescribed for health reasons, is it a sin? Would it depend whether she is a single woman or a married woman?


    Qestion 3:
    My grandfather recently passed away and the grieving process has been hard for all of us, especially for my grandmother who has been married to him for over 60 years. I know from the Theology of the Body that death is a rupture between body and soul, but that we have hope in the resurrection of the body. There’s been conversation among the members of the family that visiting the grave doesn’t make sense because he’s not “really there,” he’s in heaven. After listening to you recently I’m thinking it would be proper to mourn his body at the grave because the body is not just a shell that held his soul. Can you shed some light on the proper understanding and response to grieving and feeling our loved one’s presence during this time of unnatural separation in the light of Theology of the Body?


    Submit your question at AskChristopherWest.com.




    Resources mentioned this week:


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


    Pope Paul VI Institute


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    Find Christopher West on Facebook and Instagram.
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    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.

    • 34 min
    Plan B | ACW132

    Plan B | ACW132

    Was the Incarnation plan B? Did God know we would sin? How do I talk to my 5-year-old who has been exposed to the LGBTQ ideology?


    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.


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




    Patron Question:
    I'm confused about God’s original plan and you saying that the Word made flesh wasn't God’s secondary plan after the original sin. What does this mean? Why would God send His son if there was no sin?


    Question 2:
    Did God know that human beings were going to sin and was original sin in his plan?


    Qestion 3:
    My oldest daughter attended a Catholic preschool and kindergarten at a charter school. The reason I share this is because I thought she would be protected from LGBTQ issues there, more than if she were to attend public school. I must be naive. In preschool, my daughter was told by a peer that her mother told her “girls can marry girls and boys can marry boys.” After the first week of kindergarten, my daughter overheard a teacher telling students that she grew up with two dads. Even though I have a deep passion for John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, I feel unprepared to address these issues at such a young age. Do you have advice for how to answer questions like these from my 5-year-old?


    Submit your question at AskChristopherWest.com.




    Resources mentioned this week:


    Pull Yourself Up By Your Booty Boot Straps by Troy B. Norman (Author) and Beth R. West (Illustrator)


    Beyond the Birds and the Bees by Greg and Lisa Popcak


    THE TRUTH AND MEANING OF HUMAN SEXUALITY


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


    If you are in financial need and honestly cannot afford a book or resource recomended 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.

    • 32 min
    Wandering Eyes | ACW131

    Wandering Eyes | ACW131

    How do I help a loved one who has been sexually abused? Is it still wrong to have premarital sex if we know we want to be with each other forever? Is it sinful if my eyes are drawn to those parts of the body that reveal fertility?


    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.


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




    Patron Question:
    A friend of mine who was abused in her childhood recently told me, “If God would ask me, I would ask to be non-binary, because beeing a woman is too dangerous and I don‘t want to be a man either.” How can I help her? She is already trying to read Theology of the Body for Beginners.


    Question 2:
    If I have premarital sex with my boyfriend whom I love but we just don’t want to get married yet because of the economy but I love him and we’re sure we both want to be together forever, is it still wrong?


    Qestion 3:
    Hi Wendy! Hi Christopher! I thank both of you for the blessing you have been in my life. My question is about someone who has already experienced a significant degree of sexual redemption. I would consider myself to be a part of that group, but when I go for a walk, or shopping my eyes are still often drawn to the female body parts that reveal their fertility. I don't really have lustful thoughts after them, and I always try to see the whole person, and thank God for all the beauty he created around me, but the fact remains, that this is what catches my eye, and I partly ascribe that to my sexual past. Should I overcome this? What would be the most dignifying way to look at the women around me?


    Submit your question at AskChristopherWest.com.




    Resources mentioned this week:


    **Our Sponsor: **We can't say enough about Rose Sweet and her ministry! Be sure to learn more about her work by clicking the link.


    Titles by Rose Sweet


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


    If you are in financial need and honestly cannot afford a book or resource recomended 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.

    • 32 min
    For Nolan | ACW130

    For Nolan | ACW130

    Are wet dreams sinful? Are there any exceptions in which getting a vasectomy would be permitted?


    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.


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




    Patron Question:
    I submitted a question to you a few weeks ago but I HAD to thank you for recommending John Paul IIs "Jewelers Shop." It has changed me, maybe forever. Utterly. Also, your beautiful words regarding Elisabeth Leseur: I was aware of her but it was wonderful to hear. She is one of my “special saints.” Finally, I'm doing a doctorate on spirituality, embodiment, and dementia. I see so much in Theology of the Body that relates. Maybe I can someday work with you on issues related to aging. It’s a challenging field, dementia and TOB. God bless! I Adore you both!


    Question 2:
    Christopher, how would you approach the topic of wet dreams? To me they seem involuntary or uncontrolled, and the sometimes very lustful content of them shocks me. Since I don't m********e or watch porn anymore, and desire to live chastely. I have them about once a week, and when I wake up, I'm usually a little bit confused about my body and my mind.


    Qestion 3:
    I just listened to Matt Fradd's latest interview with you and found it beautiful. I'm a father of four who's just coming up on forty this year and was really struck by your reflections on parenting, growing older, and God's Grace throughout it all. My wife and I both really enjoyed it.


    Speaking of my wife, we have been married for almost twelve years and have four beautiful children. We met in church and were, right out of the gate, practitioners of and advocates for the Theology of the Body and Natural Family Planning. Yet now, I find myself waiting for a urologist consultation to get a vasectomy.


    I'm in a position where it is unsafe for my wife to become pregnant. In fact, my doctor said he normally dissuades young men from getting them but is making an exception because of my wife's situation.


    Being married for over a decade and being around other long-lasting marriages has revealed a lot of otherwise conservative Catholic couples with lots of kids who use contraception. I cannot see any demonstrable reason why it's bad, in an otherwise healthy marriage, unlike abuses like porn or alcohol addiction.


    So, between our medical situation and my lived experience, I'm struggling. I understand there's Natural Family Planning, but we’ve experienced two surprise pregnancies and we honestly view it now with suspicion.


    That's where I'm at. I've talked to priests about this and other strong Catholics. Their advice always is, "The Church's teaching is clear but you are right to protect your wife." Again, it was a wonderful talk with Matt Fradd and I'm sure God led us to it for multiple reasons. I hope you can give me some clarity to square my conscience with Church teaching.


    Submit your question at AskChristopherWest.com.




    Resources mentioned this week:


    **Our Sponsor: **We can't say enough about Rose Sweet and her ministry! Be sure to learn more about her work by clicking the link.


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


    If you are in financial need and honestly cannot afford a book or resource recomended 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

    • 43 min
    Christmas Cards in July | ACW129

    Christmas Cards in July | ACW129

    If a married couple is able to have children of their own, is it morally wrong to adopt children instead? Is having had a hysterectomy an imprediment to marriage? Why is Natural Family Planning permitted by the Catholic Church but contraceptive birth control is not?


    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.


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




    Patron Question:
    If a married couple is able to have children of their own, is it morally wrong to choose to adopt children instead?


    Question 2:
    Hi Christopher and Wendy,
    Years ago, I attended a Theology of the Body conference, and have recently discovered your podcast and love listening to you both! During your May 3rd podcast, in response to a sensitive question, you responded, in part, that, “The man’s seed only belongs in the garden.” This is where my sensitive question comes in. What if the woman no longer has her “garden?” Would it be an impediment to marriage if the wife no longer has her garden where her husband can plant his seed?


    Qestion 3:
    I am considering Catholicism from a Lutheran background but there is an issue that I have not been able to come to terms with as a young married mother of 3 children who are 3 and under. Why is Natural Family Planning allowed and not contraceptive birth control that does not abort? What is the difference other than a technicality? Both are being used to prevent life at that time; both are (somewhat) effective. It would be easier for me to swallow that there should be no family planning than, “NFP is fine but birth control is not.” Also, why in Theology of the Body do I keep hearing that sex is never separated from procreation? By nature, much of a woman’s cycle makes her not capable of procreating. Should we then only have sex during the fertile time? Help!


    Submit your question at AskChristopherWest.com.




    Resources mentioned this week:


    **Our Sponsor: **We can't say enough about Rose Sweet and her ministry! Be sure to learn more about her work by clicking the link.


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


    GOOD NEWS ABOUT SEX & MARRIAGE


    If you are in financial need and honestly cannot afford a book or resource recomended 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.

    • 38 min
    Sweet As a Rose | ACW128

    Sweet As a Rose | ACW128

    Does God will the circumstances that allow illegitimate children to be born? How does one deal with not hearing God’s voice when struggling with abandonment? How do I test my heart without falling into lust?


    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.


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




    Patron Question:
    I know the Church teaches that some marriages aren’t true marriages because of something that was wrong from the very beginning. Yet sometimes these couples have children together. I’m struggling to understand whether God actually willed for these people to “get married” so that there children could exist.


    Question 2:
    When I was a child, my father abandoned us. I have fallen many times by wanting to feel the physical love and embrace of someone, even knowing that it is a sin to fornicate. When I go to God with my wounds, I hear no voice and feel no physical embrace. That makes it very difficult to not look for it elsewhere. How does one deal with not hearing God’s voice or feeling His embrace when He is our Father?


    Qestion 3:
    I have been a sex addict for many years in my life and God has healed me. I do not have temptations to look at women anymore, but I do turn away when I see immodestly dressed women because I want to protect myself. I have heard you say that this is not the end of the road; we should be able to look in a different way. How are we supposed to test our heart? I don't want to fall back into lust by looking at women to see if I can look at them purely. How can I grow in this?


    Submit your question at AskChristopherWest.com.




    Resources mentioned this week:


    **Our Sponsor: **We can't say enough about Rose Sweet and her ministry! Be sure to learn more about her work by clicking the link.


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


    If you are in financial need and honestly cannot afford a book or resource recomended 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.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
333 Ratings

333 Ratings

jamesofedmonds ,

Outstanding and simple aid to the faith journey

I have taken the Theology of the Body 1 and 2 courses, and this podcast is an outstanding reinforcement of the concepts as well as applications of these teachings beyond what was covered in the courses. The podcasts do not speak only or even primarily to the head, but to that deep well of spirituality which is the human heart. And hearing a married couple speak about these issues gives added perspective. Wendy and Christopher are intimate and transparent with their listeners. Also, a wide range of religious topics enter in, including the practices of the Saints, history of the Church, material from popular culture, and principles of discipleship. There is literally no other podcast to which I look forward to hearing than this one.

Elephanza ,

Take it from me!

This is the best podcast I’ve ever listened to. Christopher and Wendy are a dynamic duo and I have learned so much from them. This podcast has helped me to grow in my faith and to enter into a deeper relationship with the Lord. Thank you!!!!!

NOYBNB ,

Awesome podcast

WOW! I love you both. Thank you so much for sharing your faith and witness of the good news.

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