Knowing what to love

By Francine & Byron Pirola | December 2, 2022

You can’t love what you don’t know. This saying has profoundly influenced our marriage and our faith. About once a decade we book tickets to…

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Defiant Hope

By Francine & Byron Pirola | November 25, 2022

Advent is a season of anticipation. The birth of any child, not least the Messiah, gives us cause for hope. Earlier this week, we heard…

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Commitment

By Francine & Byron Pirola | November 18, 2022

In his book, ‘The Power of Commitment‘, Scott Stanley (USA) provides some very useful insights into the nature of commitment. He identifies two types of…

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#4 Communication

By Francine & Byron Pirola | November 10, 2022

Communication is one of the key topics that couples say is so important. While most engaged couples believe they are great at communication, many married…

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Natural Fertility

By Francine & Byron Pirola | November 4, 2022

True love cannot be contained; it always gives life in some form, bursting forth from the couple with irrepressible urgency. For most couples, this life-giving…

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Married Saints There’s Hope for Us Yet

Married Saints: There’s Hope for Us Yet!

By Francine & Byron Pirola | October 28, 2022

As Catholics, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that to that the REALLY holy people are only religious celibates. Afterall, most of…

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#6 How to help a marriage in trouble

By Francine & Byron Pirola | October 25, 2022

We all know someone whose marriage is in trouble or has ended. Often, they will drop hints or even speak openly in general conversation. How…

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The Growth Mindset

By Francine & Byron Pirola | October 21, 2022

At our daughter’s recent award assembly, the school Principal addressed the topic of ‘Growth Mindset’. She noted how education was more than merely preparing students…

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Marriage is not a Partnership

By Francine & Byron Pirola | October 13, 2022

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…

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#3 Your Family of Origin

By Francine & Byron Pirola | October 6, 2022

Our family of origin is the most influential formation because our early childhood experiences created the foundation through which all other experiences were interpreted. We…

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The Family is Holy Ground

By Francine & Byron Pirola | September 30, 2022

October 7 marks the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. How might this feast be relevant to marriage and family life?  In 1571, a…

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Change Reaction

By Francine & Byron Pirola | September 22, 2022

It’s easy to see how couples get stuck when ‘being right’ has become a habit. Clinging to our ‘right to be right’ is like gangrene in a relationship….

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#5 Thoughts Emotions Needs

By Francine & Byron Pirola | September 21, 2022

We’ve already explored how to deepen our communication as a couple but focusing on sharing our interior life, specifically, sharing at the more intimate levels…

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Marriage Lessons from a Dog Trainer 

By Francine & Byron Pirola | September 15, 2022

A few months ago, our young Australian Shepherd went to doggie boot camp. Over five weeks she was trained by professional dog-handlers to walk calmly, socialise nicely and keep her…

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Burn the Boats

By Francine & Byron Pirola | September 9, 2022

A recent analysis of modern day wedding vows reveal around a third of couples shunning the traditional commitment for life. According to the results, 34%…

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