From the Editors
With the year drawing to a close, we have begun our planning for 2014. Lots of exciting things under consideration including a dinner date course for the engaged (Feb), a residential retreat for the marriage course (Mar) and a conference (date to be determined). So stay tuned for more info!
And for those of you wondering what to get your spouse or another couple for Christmas – why not try one of our Passion Packs. On sale for four weeks only for $39 (save $10). While you’re in our online store, check out the other resources we have for sale… every purchase helps support the work of the Marriage Resource Centre: here
Francine & Byron Pirola
All couples go through periods where their relationship is strained. Stress, sleep-deprivation, demands from family and work can starve your marriage of the positive energy it needs and deserves. The SmartLoving BreakThrough Workshop is a practical, solution-focussed event for all stages of marriage.
Contact us to host a BreakThrough Workshop in your community | [email protected] | +612 9319 6280
Tune in to Wollongong’s weekly Catholic radio show, The Journey on Pulse 94.1FM every Sunday from 11am, to hear a variety of Catholic speakers including Fran & Byron Pirola.
Or, listen to their individual 2 minute podcasts here for their bite sized pieces of weekly wisdom.
Marriage Isn’t For You | After a year of marriage, a man discovered that marriage wasn’t for him. A great article about Adam’s realization that getting married wasn’t about making him happy, rather, making his wife happy, and him holy.
Knot Yet! #1: Too Young To Wed | As the age of first marriage has been rising over the decades, what social changes has this had a direct affect on?
Knot Yet! #2: Age Does Matter | Let’s look at the stats: does marriage last longer when the age of marriage is younger or older? When and with which couples does divorce statistically occur?
Knot Yet! #3: Ticking Clocks | Women wanting to start a family know their biological clock won’t tick forever, but what most people don’t know is that men also have a time (and quality) limit on their sperm…
Knot Yet! #4: Marriage Horizon | Why is it that as soon as you get married you start to care about things you would never have given a thought to in your earlier years? Marriage seems to bring on another level of maturity as bigger commitments are being made including children.
Video: Danny and Annie: | If you haven’t seen this video yet, you are missing out. This animated interview with a real couple from Brooklyn, is one of the most touching portrayals of love – a romance even better than our childhood fairy tales.
The Grace-Filled Couple | Often couples who have different religious beliefs make spirituality a taboo topic. However, spiritual intimacy is a rich and valuable practice providing couples with a deeper bond.
Two of Us: Sharing | How easy or difficult is it for you to share ideas or views about certain topics with your spouse? An exercise to open up communication about touchy subjects.
Two of Us: Atmosphere | What kind of atmosphere do you connect with most in terms of sexual desirability? How does your spouse create that for you and you for your spouse?
Two of Us: Disillusionment | There are certain actions one can do, knowingly or unknowingly, that can affect the intimacy of the relationship. Naming and discussing those things with your spouse can help clear the air and give more of an understanding about what affect those actions have.
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SmartLoving @ Home
A series of DIY sessions you can use at home or in a small group. For less than the cost of a cup of coffee, you can download the file at the time of purchase and use the material on your computer, mobile device or make a print copy.
Grateful | When gratitude is present in a marriage, the couple’s good humour and welcoming generosity make their homes places of hospitality and warmth for all their visitors.
Responsible Honesty | It’s more than not telling lies; in marriage it requires an willingness to share deeply and vulnerably.
Sexuality as Gift | Learning to appreciate our sexuality and build the sexual atmosphere between us.
The Ambitious Couple | What is the role of ambition in marriage?
Hear Me Know Me | It is often said that we cannot love what we do not know.
Residential Marriage Retreat:
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SmartLoving @ Home eSessions
The Jesse Tree
Days of Passion