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Every year we resolve to simplify the Christmas present routine and to get all our shopping (bar the food) done before Advent starts, and every year we don’t quite make it, though we are getting better. Why do we do this? Because the commercialism of Christmas just seems to bring us so much unwanted stress that crowds out the spiritual preparation… sometimes we get to the end of Christmas day and we’ve barely given the birthday boy a thought!

As the year draws to a close, we pray that you and your families will draw close to each other and to the God who comes to us as a babe in a manager.

Enjoy!

Francine & Byron Pirola
Directors | Marriage Resource Centre


 

From the blog

Christmas Crazies | Take the stress off the season and put the joy back into Christmas with a better way of giving.

New Resource: Responsible Honesty | It’s more than not telling lies; in marriage it requires an willingness to share deeply and vulnerably

Free Sex? The Unintended cost of the pill | Using competition theory, an American economist questions the pill’s benefit to women.

Addicted to Busy | Being too busy could be the cause of our inability to appreciate the beautiful things in life, including our relationships.

The Auto-Pilot Marriage | Make your marriage intentional: don’t let your relationship end up on ‘auto-pilot’.

Criticism Cancer | Replace criticism with affirmation for a more joy-filled relationship.

The Power of Ritual | Build intimacy in your relationship – learn how to create and use rituals.

On a Mission to Love | Learn how to make marriage your mission for a fulfilling life as husband and wife.

Married Singles Unhappily Ever After | How to celebrate the differences between men and women for a happy, life-long marriage.

 

 


New Resources

SmartLoving @ Home is 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.

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.


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December 2012

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This month

Mother of Life

Learn about the miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe (feast Dec 12) and get a bit of prolife inspiration.

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About the Author:

Francine & Byron Pirola
Francine & Byron Pirola are the founders and principal authors of the SmartLoving series. They are passionate about living Catholic marriage to the full and helping couples reach their marital potential. They have been married since 1988 and have five children. Their articles may be reproduced for non commercial purposes with appropriate acknowledgement and back links.

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