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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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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Making a change for the better

By Francine & Byron Pirola | June 30, 2022

Change is difficult. It can also be complicated. Despite our best intentions, sustained change often eludes us. We’ve had many spouses tell us that their…

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The Art of Apology

By Francine & Byron Pirola | June 24, 2022

Have you ever experienced the situation when someone has apologised but, while the words were said it lacked something, making it difficult for you to…

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Experience is not always the best teacher

By Francine & Byron Pirola | June 16, 2022

Lots of people think that dating (and being sexually intimate) with a number of different people before marriage is an essential part of  forming a…

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Making marriage last is all in the Intention

By Francine & Byron Pirola | June 9, 2022

No matter how easy it may seem to fall in love, staying in love requires attention and effort. We all start out in marriage bright…

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Deep Impact Conversations

By Francine & Byron Pirola | June 2, 2022

“How was your day?” It’s one of the most common questions couples ask each other and either leads to a dead-end response like, “fine” or…

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A Sacramental Season

By Francine & Byron Pirola | May 27, 2022

It’s ‘Sacrament Season’ in Australia: children are busily preparing to make their first Confession, first Holy Communion or Confirmation. Meanwhile, weddings are playing catch up…

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#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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#2 How to Love Smarter

By Francine & Byron Pirola | May 25, 2022

Is it possible to love smarter, not harder? We explore the SmartLoving framework of ‘Smart Loving’ and share our cheat sheet for winning in marriage.…

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#3 Your Family of Origin

By Francine & Byron Pirola | May 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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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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