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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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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/).

    Within the Strike Zone | ACW84

    Within the Strike Zone | ACW84

    When it comes to praying for a spouse, to what degree should I expect God to fulfill my checklist? I read in a protestant book for women that we have no right to expect our husband to stay sexually pure if we constantly pull away. Can you give a TOB perspective on this?


    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.


    Access the 2020 Theology of the Body Virtual Conference with a Premium Pass!


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    Q1: When it comes to praying for a spouse after discerning the call to marriage, to what extent should I expect God to consider my inner desires for physical beauty, age similarity and personality traits? I'm afraid to seek dates/courtship because of the possibility that God might expect me to be open to someone who doesn't meet my inner checklist.
    I want to avoid the trap of thinking that "I" can ultimately satisfy my deepest desires, especially during the ache of singlehood. Is it wishful thinking to believe that "God doesn't show you gold and then give you silver" in the dating context?


    Q2: In a Protestant book to help wives recover from the porn addiction of their husband, I read this: "While we're quick to expect our husbands to tow God's line of sexual purity, we're often slow to tow HIs other line and admit that our bodies aren't our own. We have no right to expect our husband to stay sexually pure if we constantly pull away. We're his sole vessel of sexual satisfaction and guys need regular sexual fulfillment, two to three times a week." I need the TOB point of view on this in my journey to heal.


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    Resources mentioned this week:


    Good News about Sex & Marriage


    Theology of the Body for Beginners


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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.

    • 37 min
    Prophetic Underpants | ACW83

    Prophetic Underpants | ACW83

    Is it immoral to cohabitate with your fiance due to COVID if you are not engaging in intercourse and taking measures to avoid scandal? Do you have any wisdom for overcoming the struggle with pornography after a relapse? How do we know John “leapt for joy” in the womb?


    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.


    Access the 2020 Theology of the Body Virtual Conference with a Premium Pass!


    Want to support the Theology of the Body Institute? Become a Patron!




    Q1: I had a question about a very unique cohabitation situation. One of my friends (say Bob) is cohabitating with his fiance because of COVID. They decided that it was healthier that they live together since she would be in an unhealthy family situation at home with no job. Bob is a very devout Catholic and is very aware on the churches teachings (he's read some of your books), and in an effort to reduce scandal his brother is living in his apartment as well. Bob is hoping that his fiance can move out soon, but it has been over a month and the deadline only keeps getting extended for quarantine. The question: If they are not engaging in sex and believe that they are not committing scandal, is this still contrary to the church's teaching? He is one of my best friends so I'm very concerned for his spiritual welfare and helping him avoid scandal.


    Q2: I am having trouble overcoming my attachment to pornography. I have struggled with it since I was 7 years old. I had a major conversion when I was 20 years old and I stopped watching pornography for 4 years after that. I am now 25 and the past year the problem has resurfaced and I am struggling again and I do not know why. I thought I had the problem under control. Do you have any spiritual or practical wisdom that you can impart?


    Q3: How do we know John “leapt for joy” in the womb? I mean how do we discern between that and just a swift kick in the rib or evening calisthenics?


    Submit your question at AskChristopherWest.com.




    Resources mentioned this week:


    Interrior Freedom by Fr. Jacques Philippe


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    through the [STRIVE 21-Day Challenge](www.strive21.com)


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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
    Sadness in Heaven? | ACW82

    Sadness in Heaven? | ACW82

    If we won't be married in heaven, will we still be together as a family? How does God's command to "be fruitful and multiply" apply to us today?


    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.


    Access the 2020 Theology of the Body Virtual Conference with a Premium Pass!


    Want to support the Theology of the Body Institute? Become a Patron!




    Q1: I really enjoy Theology of the Body and its insights really help me to love my faith more. The one thing that I struggle with is how we will not be married in heaven. I understand that marriage is only a sign of what is to come, but it makes me sad that think that our families will not be the same in heaven. Will we still be together as a family in heaven? If you are able, could you explain this mystery a little more?


    Q2: Can you talk about how God's command to Adam and Eve to "be fruitful and multiply" relates to us today? This command came before they had sinned. Also, a church leader said that having children in Jewish families in the Old Testament was so vital and esteemed because they were expecting the Messiah (and thus that having babies after He was born was not as vital). How do children hold a special place in God's plan today? So many people are convinced that having less children is an essential part of the solution of climate change.


    Submit your question at AskChristopherWest.com.




    Resources mentioned this week:


    Theology of the Body Virtual Conference




    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
    Mary Precedes the Patriarchy | ACW81

    Mary Precedes the Patriarchy | ACW81

    Why did God create a patriarchy for the human family and for the hierarchy of his church? Why is there no gender complementarity at the altar during mass or in the organization of the church? Can you shed some light on the sacrament of confession?


    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.


    Access the 2020 Theology of the Body Virtual Conference with a Premium Pass!


    Want to support the Theology of the Body Institute? Become a Patron!




    Q1: Why did God create a patriarchy for the human family and for the hierarchy of his church?


    Q2: Why is there no gender complementarity at the altar during mass in a visible way?


    Q3: Why is there no gender complementarity in the organization of the church?


    Q4: While I know that confession is an essential, powerful and healing sacrament, I have often dreaded going. I find that confessing my sins is uncomfortable and am always fearful that I will fail to confess everything. I do not think that I have fully perceived and experienced true nature of the sacrament. Can you shed some light on the sacrament of confession?


    Submit your question at AskChristopherWest.com.




    Resources mentioned this week:


    Heaven's Song




    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.

    • 36 min
    Inviting God into the Bedroom | ACW80

    Inviting God into the Bedroom | ACW80

    How can I experience Christ through love making? Is the path of holiness a return to Eden?


    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? Become a Patron!




    Q1: Since the marital embrace is a sign of the unity of the trinity and created by God, how can I experience Christ through love making? It can take years to even be happy with "God being in the room" while love making. I do experience the sacrificial love, goodness and power of the act but I know there is more. To invite God into it more and unlock deeper intimacy. Are there married saints who write on this?


    Q2: Through JPII's perspective, is Christ saying that if we regain our humility and trust in God, we can, in a sense, go back to Eden and experience that true communion of persons? Maybe I'm romanticising it to be a return to the perfected image of God, instead of the best we can be in our broken image of God after The Fall. What are your thoughts and experience with this?


    Submit your question at AskChristopherWest.com.




    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.

    • 35 min
    Is the Woman to Blame? | ACW79

    Is the Woman to Blame? | ACW79

    What is your opinion on the negative impact popular music has on the way men treat women? Are women responsible for presenting themselves in a way that does not arouse lust? My husband refuses to be intimate with me because of my dedication to the faith. 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.


    Want to support the Theology of the Body Institute? Become a Patron!




    Q1: Frist, I want to thank you for your podcast. It has helped me a lot in my life. I am currently finishing my last year of college studying psychology in Mexico and for me to graduate, I have to do a thesis. The topic I'm investigating is the impact popular music has on male college students to the way they see women – how listening to some types of music affects men in the objectification of women. I know Christopher is a big fan of music, so I wanted to hear your opinion on the negative impact popular music, especially rap and hip-hop genre, could have on men in the way they see and treat women.


    Q2: I recently listened to Jason Evert interview Christopher West for the Love Life Conference. I had a question about something in the beginning when they spoke of jewels not being the cause of theft and the beauty of woman not being the cause of lust. I understand that, but is there some responsibility on the part of the woman to present herself in a wholesome way? I'm not saying we need to wear burlap sacks around but is there some sort of line that's crossed between wholesome beauty and something else? I remember a girl in highschool wanted to go to school in a t-shirt with no bra because she said, "It's my body. I'm not ashamed." Well that's not wrong; it's good not to be ashamed of our bodies, but we also need to respect others in how we present ourselves. I would appreciate your thoughts on this matter.


    Q3: About seven years ago I had a radical reversion to our faith. I have fallen completely in love with our Lord and the beautiful faith that He left us. I just can't get enough of Theology of the Body. The problem is that only I feel this way. My husband has no interest in the beautiful teaching's of our faith and is quite hostile about TOB. He says I have changed in the way we're intimate together and perhaps I have because I have such profound reverence for the gift of the marital embrace. I love my husband very much and I long to be close to him, but he says that as long as I quote "love my faith more than him" then sex can't be what it used to be. He says that he is very sad and there is nothing to be done for it. He isn't open to counseling. He often expresses resentment that I love our Lord more than Him. I honestly just don't know what to do with this. I want to have a loving, healthy marriage but my husband has shut down nearly all intimacy.


    Submit your question at AskChristopherWest.com.




    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.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
229 Ratings

229 Ratings

Catholic Kate ,

Delightful and Insightful!

I am really enjoying this podcast! Christopher and Wendy do a great job of explaining the general truths of the Theology of the Body and applying them to specific questions. I thought I already had a good understanding of TOB, but I have learned so much already from this podcast. I have been recommending it to everyone and sharing specific episodes with people that I know can benefit from the Wests’ wisdom on particular issues. Thank you for making this podcast so fun, interesting, and helpful!

Estoiche ,

Love this podcast!!!

I have been a listener for a couple months now and I love it!! I am actually a Protestant believer, I have learned so much from Christopher and Wendy! There is so much wisdom here that I believe all Christians should learn and wrestle with. TOB resonates in human soul and answers so many questions I have been asking my whole life. Also, Wendy is so sensitive and gracious in her responses. Thank you Christopher and Wendy!!!

EllyfantLover ,

New perspective on faith!

I love how Christopher and Wendy are not afraid to discuss any topic. Listening to their wisdom will change how you view the Eucharist, marriage, and your relationship with God. Can’t recommend it enough! Theology of the Body is beautiful and endlessly fascinating.

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