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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#4 Communication

By Francine & Byron Pirola | August 28, 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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How Senior Couples Make Marriage Better

By Francine & Byron Pirola | August 23, 2022

In a culture that glorifies youth and sanctions the euthanising of the sick and elderly, it’s easy to lose sight of the gift of seniors.…

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Couple Decision Making

By Francine & Byron Pirola | August 19, 2022

Behind every behaviour or decision that you make, is a value; something that you hold in high esteem and is advanced in some way by…

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The Power of Ritual

By Francine & Byron Pirola | August 12, 2022

Routines can be very useful in keeping our lives purposeful and organized. Rituals are like routines with one important difference – they have positive emotional…

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Catholic Courtship Summit 2022

By Francine & Byron Pirola | August 2, 2022

Do you have a family member or friend that is currently in a serious dating relationship, and you desire to help them discern with more…

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Too Hasty to Judge

By Francine & Byron Pirola | July 29, 2022

In the age of instant news, judgment falls hastily. In marriage also, we are often quick to judge each other. Like most couples, over thirty…

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#3 Your Family of Origin

By Francine & Byron Pirola | July 25, 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 Auto-Pilot Marriage

By Francine & Byron Pirola | July 21, 2022

Crammed schedules, kids to care for, a demanding boss, the ever-present television. No wonder our attentiveness to our couple relationship erodes over time, leaving us…

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Going From Good To Better

By Francine & Byron Pirola | July 14, 2022

Marital health is about more than minimizing conflict. If we want to go from ‘good’ to ‘better’ we need to capitalise on the positives. Most…

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Intentional Relationship

By Francine & Byron Pirola | July 7, 2022

No matter how easy it is to fall in love, staying in love requires attention and effort. Most people drift into love, marriage and family…

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