Francine & Byron Pirola

About Francine & Byron Pirola

Francine & 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.

Facing the ‘Now what?’ Moments

Our online Mass experience last Sunday took us somewhere a little different. Attending virtual Mass with Fr Rob Galea based in Bendigo and musician Matt Maher in Tennessee gave us a

Facing the ‘Now what?’ Moments2020-05-29T11:22:47+10:00

Projects for Lockdown Couples

A few months ago, most couples would have dismissed the idea of a couple project as simply a cute idea for which there was no real need. With Netflix over-exposure and

Projects for Lockdown Couples2020-05-15T16:28:18+10:00

Finding a different path to fruitfulness

Book Review By Jenny Brinkworth With one in six Australian couples experiencing infertility, a new book by Debra Vermeer will be a welcome resource for Catholic couples. When Catholic convert and

Finding a different path to fruitfulness2020-05-11T15:16:34+10:00

Video: Many Voices, One Promise

This is a magnificent tribute to the glorious commitment that is marriage. Drawn from multiple cultural and religious traditions, the video celebrates and honours the beauty of the marriage commitment. It

Video: Many Voices, One Promise2020-05-08T11:26:58+10:00

Closing the Gap on Marital Distancing

There’s been quite a bit of talk around the increase in marital tension associated with the lock down conditions. Counselling services have rushed to set up online options and law enforcement reports an uptick in

Closing the Gap on Marital Distancing2020-05-01T14:43:17+10:00

Are you ready for marriage?

So, you’ve been dating for a while. How do you know if you’re ready for marriage? Before you have the ‘forever conversation’, consider these signs to discern if you are ready

Are you ready for marriage?2020-04-27T16:29:26+10:00

Lockdown – show down

Tips for couples to survive the Corona lock down  The Corona virus is not just a threat to our physical health – it’s also a challenge to our relationships.   Across the

Lockdown – show down2020-04-21T10:25:27+10:00

COVID-19: Wedding Crasher

How to manage your wedding expectations in the time of COVID-19. Throughout the world, engaged couples are reeling in shock. Meticulously planned weddings are unravelling amid the various lock-down policies.   In

COVID-19: Wedding Crasher2020-04-07T11:10:16+10:00

Making Marriage Permanent

Breaking up is hard to do. We all worry about the state of marriage today, especially with the decreased emphasis on its permanency. Divorce is hard. When marriages breakdown and families

Making Marriage Permanent2020-03-20T12:36:56+11:00

Ain’t Marriage Grand!

We recently attended two weddings of close family friends. This time, a different part of the ceremony really stood out for us. It was the preamble the celebrant said immediately before

Ain’t Marriage Grand!2020-03-15T20:53:28+11:00