Expectations in Marriage

By Guest Author | February 2, 2023

In this post we feature some extracts from a homily by Bishop Anthony Taylor of the Diocese of Little Rock, Arkansas. Read the full article:…

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Sexual Differences – Respect & Cherishment

By Francine & Byron Pirola | January 27, 2023

When we understand our sexual differences, we are empowered to use them constructively to build great relationships.  We’ve always maintained that our differences are something…

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Three Things I Wish I Knew Before We Got Married

By Guest Author | January 13, 2023

The benefit of hindsight! There’s not a couple on earth who doesn’t have some words of wisdom about marriage to share with the young. I came…

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#6 How to help a marriage in trouble

By Francine & Byron Pirola | January 6, 2023

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 Perspective Check

By Francine & Byron Pirola | December 30, 2022

When we reflect on our life, two things stand out as needing a reset: resentment and stress. Both of these undermine our relationship.

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Spare the Left-Overs

By Francine & Byron Pirola | December 23, 2022

It’s that time of year again – the season of joy and gluttony. By the time Christmas day is over, our refrigerator will be filled…

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Christmas Crazies!

By Francine & Byron Pirola | December 16, 2022

If there is one thing that takes the edge off our Christmas joy, it’s the pressure of the consumer culture to give better, more unique,…

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#5 Thoughts Emotions Needs

By Francine & Byron Pirola | December 9, 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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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!

By Francine & Byron Pirola | October 28, 2022

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

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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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