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.

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

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 Mystery2020-03-15T20:54:04+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