#1 Marriage as a Mission

By Francine & Byron Pirola | May 25, 2022

What does it mean to make ‘marriage our mission’? With our guest, Philipa Caulfield, we break it down and explore how we’ve done it and…

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Called to Greatness

By Francine & Byron Pirola | May 20, 2022

The word ‘vocation’ comes from the Latin ‘vocare’ which means ‘to call’. Our primary vocation, the one we all share, is the vocation to holiness.…

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Restoring hope in life long marriage

By Francine & Byron Pirola | May 13, 2022

Divorce creates a problem for us, a cognitive dissonance: Love is not permanent, vast, unrelenting, faithful. Redefining the ideals we have for marriage however, leads to more divorce and pain, not less.

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The Eleventh Commandment

By Francine & Byron Pirola | May 6, 2022

When God gave Moses the Ten Commandments, he added a postscript for parents: passing on the faith makes parents the first – and most important…

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Three Ways to a Resilient Marriage

By Francine & Byron Pirola | April 29, 2022

We’ve been hearing from many of our SmartLoving leaders around the world looking for help in supporting couples under stress. There’s certainly lots of stress…

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The Epic Battle in Every Marriage

By Francine & Byron Pirola | April 21, 2022

If there is one thing that the seasons of Lent and Easter bring into focus, it’s the struggle between good and evil. At its heart,…

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From Death Comes Life

By Francine & Byron Pirola | April 17, 2022

Why does death and decay so horrify us? Why do our hearts restlessly seek immortality, everlasting peace, enduring joy and beauty? In this Easter message…

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A Love Stronger than Death

By Francine & Byron Pirola | April 13, 2022

“Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave.” (Songs 8:6) As we celebrate the Easter mystery this verse is worthy of contemplation.

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Five Ways to Build Trust

By Francine & Byron Pirola | April 7, 2022

Today we had a meeting. Sigh… The dreaded meeting! Being a couple and working together is complex. We’re both strong-willed and passionate about what we…

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The Family Models Synodality

By Francine & Byron Pirola | March 31, 2022

Only two of our five children, now adults, still reside with us. As resident adults, we respect their right to make decisions about their personal…

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Gratitude: The Heart-beat of Love

By Guest Author | March 24, 2022

New research validates age-old wisdom: the simple habit of gratitude can transform a jaded marriage into a joyous encounter. By Marilyn Rodrigues A University of…

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Hear Me, Touch Me, Know Me

By Francine & Byron Pirola | March 17, 2022

In relationships, the word ‘intimacy’ is often used as a euphemism for sex, but this is a very narrow and impoverished view. Some people have…

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Making the connection: It’s easy with these three tips

By Francine & Byron Pirola | March 10, 2022

In times of challenge and stress, it’s especially important to make the connection with each other. Here we offer three tips to make it easier.…

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Lent as ultimate change maker

Best Lent Ever…For Your Spouse!

By Francine & Byron Pirola | March 3, 2022

While lots of people make resolutions for the New Year, most of these optimistic beginnings fizzle out before the end of January. Thankfully, Lent gives…

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Discover your Unique Love Profile

By Francine & Byron Pirola | February 25, 2022

Do you know your love needs and love busters? Do the quiz below to determine your top five love needs and worst three love busters.…

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