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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#2 How to Love Smarter

By Francine & Byron Pirola | June 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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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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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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