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.

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

Our Many Marriages

People heading towards separation and divorce often tell long-time marriage educators, Byron & Francine Pirola, that they simply aren’t the same person as when they married. Their unspoken reaction to this

Our Many Marriages2020-01-03T13:39:31+11:00

Sleep Deprivation

Sleeping our way to a successful marriage Our granddaughter is three months old. She is pure delight and we are loving being Nonnina and Nonno. Naturally her parents are experiencing the

Sleep Deprivation2019-05-15T10:34:41+10:00

A marriage of contention

What seems hard in marriage is often doing us good A few weeks ago, we were invited to attend an event featuring Jordan Peterson. Curious to see this Canadian psychologist and

A marriage of contention2019-05-15T10:39:33+10:00

Kicking the Bucket List

Some thirty years ago, before ‘Bucket Lists’ were even a thing, we came across an advertisement for The Maldives in a wedding magazine. We were engaged at the time and we

Kicking the Bucket List2019-05-15T10:40:58+10:00

Marriage and the Plenary Council

Asking the Right Questions No matter where you live in the world, the Catholic Church is undergoing significant introspection and renewal. In Australia, one of the formal mechanisms is the Plenary

Marriage and the Plenary Council2019-05-15T10:46:46+10:00