That Romantic Atmosphere

By Francine & Byron Pirola | June 16, 2021

On Friday afternoon we went on a bush walk with Byron’s work colleagues. Although we were with other people, we so enjoyed the time together.…

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Kiss to Connect

By Francine & Byron Pirola | June 10, 2021

Many couples find the excitement of sex somewhat diminished within a few years of marriage. Their physical intimacy seems somehow perfunctory, unimaginative, even boring. Soon…

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We Married Too Young

By Francine & Byron Pirola | June 4, 2021

Lots of people told us so. Neither of us had really experienced life: Byron at 27 had at least lived out of home for three…

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Making the connection: It’s easy with these three tips

By Francine & Byron Pirola | May 27, 2021

We recently analysed the feedback from 400 participants in our online marriage preparation course. The results to the question, “On which of the following areas…

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Deep Impact Conversations

By Francine & Byron Pirola | May 14, 2021

“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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Why Two is better than One

By Francine & Byron Pirola | April 30, 2021

One of the more popular posts on the SmartLoving blog features Couple Projects. First published in 2014, our search data over the years shows that…

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Honest Talk about Physical Intimacy – Messy Family Podcast

By Francine & Byron Pirola | April 27, 2021

The sexual intimacy we share as spouses is both wonderful and complicated! 

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To Cherish and Respect

By Francine & Byron Pirola | April 22, 2021

Each of you, however, should love [agape] his wife as himself, and let every wife respect her husband. Eph 5:33 When St Paul wrote these…

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A Love Stronger than Death

By Francine & Byron Pirola | March 31, 2021

“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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Making marriage last is all in the Intention

By Francine & Byron Pirola | March 25, 2021

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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Gratitude: The Heart-beat of Love

By Guest Author | March 18, 2021

New research validates age-old wisdom: the simple habit of gratitude can transform a jaded marriage into a joyous encounter. By Marilyn Rodrigues A University of…

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Say a little prayer for marriage

By Francine & Byron Pirola | March 10, 2021

In October a few years ago, the Australian bishops called the entire Catholic community to pray for marriage and family. The initiative was joined by…

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The Epic Battle in Every Marriage

By Francine & Byron Pirola | March 2, 2021

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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Finding our way to heaven

By Francine & Byron Pirola | February 26, 2021

We’ve been listening to Mike and Alicia Hernon’s podcast called Messy Families. One of their recurring messages for parents is: stop worrying about getting your…

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Lent: the ultimate change-maker

By Francine & Byron Pirola | January 29, 2021

Like most people, our optimistic resolutions for the New Year tend to fizzle out before the end of January. Thankfully, Lent gives us another, and…

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