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.

Romance and Mystery

One of the things that makes a new romance so exciting and attractive is the element of uncertainty: Is this person really interested in me? Will this person really be the

Romance and Mystery2020-02-21T14:21:31+11:00

From Valentine to Valen-TIME

With Valentine’s day approaching, couples everywhere are looking for ways to mark the day with romance. From love-struck dating couples to couples stressed out with kids, every one of us struggles

From Valentine to Valen-TIME2020-02-13T18:30:08+11:00

Marriage on Fire

At the time of writing fires are still blazing across the Australian landscape with many tragedies of life and property lost. Even if not directly impacted, many of us have friends,

Marriage on Fire2020-02-06T09:28:39+11:00

The Little Things in Marriage

In marriage, the little things are really the big things. In business it is well recognised that getting the ‘big things right’ are important, but it is often the so-called ‘little

The Little Things in Marriage2020-01-22T20:45:08+11:00

Retired, Extremely Dangerous

A few weeks ago, we watched the action comedy R.E.D. featuring Bruce Willis as retired black ops agent whose peaceful retirement is disrupted by a CIA order to eliminate him. The

Retired, Extremely Dangerous2019-12-13T16:11:23+11:00

On Trend with Unbusy

We recently enjoyed a week in New Zealand - about five days with some of our children and then two blessed days on our own. It was like a tonic for

On Trend with Unbusy2019-11-29T09:35:45+11:00

Business lessons for marriage

Byron’s life-long career has been as an advisor to large companies on their strategic directions. As an outsider to the company trying to help its leaders make difficult decisions on their business

Business lessons for marriage2019-11-15T09:58:42+11:00

Programmed for love or for trouble?

We were recently hosted overnight in the country home of friends. It was a beautiful experience in every way. Our hosts greeted us with warmth, housed us in a tastefully appointed bedroom

Programmed for love or for trouble?2019-11-06T11:05:04+11:00

Marriage is not a Partnership

Housework: It’s often a topic of debate among couples, and truth be told, we’ve had our own dramas in this area over the years. We have very different values and expressions

Marriage is not a Partnership2019-10-18T17:18:09+11:00