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From the Editors

We hope you’ve been enjoying our weekly video posts on a Friday. Insightful and often humorous, it’s a medium that is easy to digest and even easier to share. Make sure you ‘share the love’ on your social network or email list by passing on those posts that speak most powerfully to you – you never know, your simple act of kindness might be the injection of hope that a struggling marriage needs.


Francine & Byron Pirola
Directors | Marriage Resource Centre



Congratulations to the SmartLoving teams in Yeppoon, London and Sydney – all of whom have run SL group events last month.

Break-Through Workshop | May 2013 | Overwhelming feedback for our 3 hour workshop for marriages under stress! Read more here.


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SL Workshop: BreakThrough

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. Drawing on contemporary research and Catholic theology, this workshop will arm you with skills and insights to transform your relationship into the thriving, joy-filled encounter that it is meant to be. For husbands, wives, couples.

Pennant Hills | Sat, Aug 10 | 2-5pm | Bookings and Information: here

Contact us to host a BreakThrough Workshop in your community | [email protected] | +612 9319 6280

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From the blog

Watch: A Tale of Two Brains | A humorous portrayal of the difference between male and female brains. This video will have you in stitches at just how true this is!

The Language of Love | An exploration of the benefits of natural fertility methods when the need arises to plan your family. By using a natural method, you can confidently plan your family without compromising the sacred meaning of sexual intercourse – you can avoid any notion of rejection and make each and every act of love one of total self-giving and unconditional acceptance.

Take Five: Making a Change for the Better | 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 husband/wife promised to change and things were good for a while but then there was a relapse. Their good intentions were not enough to sustain their energy for change. Here are five tips for how to make lasting change for the better.

Watch: It’s Not About the Nail! | A hilarious video illustrating the mind of a man when his girlfriend seeks his understanding for her distressing problem.

Take Five: The Art of Apology | Too many couples are wounded, stuck in a pattern of entrenched blame and reactivity and in this state, an apology is never a simple matter. Here are five elements to the art of an apology.

Cohabitation #5: A Trial Marriage? | Cohabitating couples are often defensive about their lifestyle insisting that they are just as committed as a married couple. So is there really a difference? What is it? And why is it significant?

Cohabitation #4: Commitment Discrepancy | Research demonstrates that living together is counter-productive in its impact on the future marriage of the couple. Rather than enhancing it, cohabitation subtly undermines it.


Two of Us Series

Two of Us: Patterns Between Us | Understanding and working with our relationship to improve it.

Two of Us: Planning and Working Together | What is our plan as a couple? How are we achieving it together?

Two of Us: Member of the Faithful | What role do I play as a
Catholic married person in the world?


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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.

SL@Home Grateful

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.

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July 2013

Upcoming Events

Marriage Seminar

Wollongong, NSW | Sept 7, 8
London, UK | Sept 21, 22
Brisbane, QLD | Oct 19, 20
Broken Bay, NSW | Nov 9, 10


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Pennant Hills | Aug 10

Engaged Course

Group Courses

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Syd | Aug 11 & 28

Mentoring : here
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