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.

It’s all about me…not!

We were at our local Italian pizzeria last week for a date night. Truthfully, we really would have preferred to stay home as it was cold and windy, and we had

It’s all about me…not!2019-08-23T13:34:00+10:00

Delusions of Superior Communication

Here’s a question for you: How would you rate yourself as a driver - below average, average, or above average? How about your IQ (intelligence)? And finally, how about as a

Delusions of Superior Communication2019-08-09T14:10:26+10:00

Forward Planning your Family Planning

Some years ago, I (Francine) was teaching a couple fertility awareness. They had been married five years and assumed that once they discontinued the pill, they would get pregnant straight away.

Forward Planning your Family Planning2019-07-30T11:49:31+10:00

Four Divorces and a Funeral

If you’re over the age of forty you might recall the 1994 movie “Four Weddings and a Funeral”. While it’s not a particularly memorable movie, the title seems to have an

Four Divorces and a Funeral2019-06-14T10:59:34+10:00

How to fall in love…again

We recently had the joy of attending a presentation by Mike and Alicia Hernon from The Messy Family Project. Among the many pearls of wisdom was the reminder that ‘faking it

How to fall in love…again2019-05-31T11:59:13+10:00

Investment in Marriage

Anything worth having is never free. As Francine and I raced around on a typical Saturday afternoon we found ourselves at the local shopping village together.  Never one to waste the

Investment in Marriage2019-05-15T10:32:35+10:00

Resurrecting Our Marriages

Easter Sunday is the greatest celebration in the Christian calendar because we celebrate the triumph of Christ’s redemption of humanity. We celebrate this day as an important day in our faith

Resurrecting Our Marriages2019-05-15T10:33:04+10:00