From the Editors
As the chill settles in here in the Southern Hemisphere, our thoughts turn to our Northern neighbours who are no doubt enjoying the delights of Spring and the emerging Summer. We’ll be joining our Italian and UK friends next month and by then, we’ll be looking forward to a bit of warmth.
We’ll be presenting at two events if you want to join us:
There’s lots to do before then, however… Marriage Seminars by teams in Queensland and North London, and prepping Engaged couples throughout the all our active regions. This week, we’ll be talking with some Filipino contacts about kick starting in SmartLoving in one of the most Catholic countries in the world. Please keep all these endeavours in your prayers.
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. 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
Fran & Byron Talk on Sacred Sexuality | Energising the Sacrament of Matrimony for prophetic witness in the Church | Workshop at the Great Grace Conference, May 2013
Ten Reasons Why Even a Little Bit of Porn is a Bad Idea | According to Ryan Foley of Covenant Eyes, we have every reason to be alarmed by the invasion of pornography in our homes and culture. With 1 in every 8 internet searches being for erotic content and an estimated value of the mobile porn market over $ 2 billion, this is not only big business, it’s a big problem.
Cohabitation #1: Partner Choice | Barriers to entry are much lower for a cohabitating relationship than marriage. Couples therefore tend to be less discriminating in their choice of partner reasoning… “it’s not as if we’re getting married”. Habits and character traits that a person prospecting for a marriage partner would not normally tolerate, are more easily accommodated in the ‘temporary relationship’ mindset.
Cohabitation #2: Commitment Creep | As couples become more involved, their living arrangements become increasingly entangled. Shared possessions, friends, pets and memories become the glue that holds them together. Often, without ever consciously deciding to make a permanent commitment, they find themselves reluctant to break up for the simple reason that unravelling their shared life is so complicated.
Cohabitation #3: Commitment Delay | It is well known that the age at first marriage is getting older. Over the past six decades the increase has been steady with median age at first marriage now being in the late twenties. Delaying marriage however has not meant that couples delay forming intimate relationships. In fact, the prevalence of cohabitation accounts for some of this trend of older brides and grooms.
Enlightened Childbirth: Hilarious! | Two husbands set out to prove that their wives are overstating the pains of childbirths. With the help of an obliging doctor who simulates contractions and their wives coaching them, these two husbands are visibly transformed by the experience!
Cohabitation Myth | Many dating couples opt to live together before deciding to marry, because they believe that it is a responsible and prudent thing to do. They reason that cohabitating together will be like a trial marriage.
Two of Us: God’s Plan for Sexuality | Christ’s love lived in marriage
Two of Us: Level of Sexual Desire | Exploring the level of sexual desire between husband and wife
Two of Us: Forgiveness | How to forgive with unconditional love
Two of Us: Personality Type | In what way do our personalities impact our relationship?
Two of Us: Communication | How effective is your communication with your spouse?
Two of Us: Need to Love | What level of effort do you put in to loving and being loved by your spouse?
Two of Us: Affection | Understanding the role of affection in marriage
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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.
Mentoring : here
All other areas: Correspondence
SmartLoving @ Home eSessions
The Jesse Tree
Days of Passion