A new year and a new start. While lots of people make resolutions for the New Year, most of these optimistic beginnings fizzle out before the end of January. Thankfully, Lent
About Francine & Byron PirolaFrancine & Byron Pirola are the founders and principal authors of the SmartLoving series. They are passionate about living Catholic marriage to the full and helping couples reach their marital potential. They have been married since 1988 and have five children. Their articles may be reproduced for non commercial purposes with appropriate acknowledgement and back links.
It’s St Valentine’s day next week. This year, it coincides with Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent and a traditional day for penance and fasting. Oh dear! What to do?!
As we begin the new year, lots of us are making resolutions, setting goals, planning for the coming months. Most of our colleagues in the marriage education field are posting articles
Bulletin Advertisment A Message for Married Couples on St Valentine's Day God does not call us to mediocrity. God calls us to be a radical witness; to bring alive
January is typically the peak month for divorce applications in English-speaking countries. Having made the decision to divorce, many couples agree to postpone the application for one last Christmas together as a
Whatever you think ‘marriage’ means, one thing is clear: we need to change our language. When people think of marriage and the commitment we make to each other too often it is thought of
Religious practice and spiritual belief is often a point of difference for couples, especially if they come from different religious traditions. But having religious differences should never be a reason for
Marriage can be a tough gig these days. We live in a culture that almost expects marriages to fail and so it is more important than ever that we take steps
Falling in love is easy! Staying in love requires deliberate effort. We all start out in marriage full of hope, brimming with love and unbounded generosity towards our spouse. Yet
Falling in love is easy. Staying in love requires a conscious decision and focused investment. Loving Smart is easy when you know how. Our romance was a whirlwind of delight and