SL eNews September 2013

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lazy afternoon

It’s Spring here in Australia and already we can feel our spirits lifting as the earth springs to life. There’s something about Spring that seems to revive the romantic inclination. In the past few weeks, the sight of couples lounging lazily in the sun on picnic blankets has got us wondering… when was the last time we whiled away an afternoon dozing in each others arms?

How about you? Do you need an excuse to indulge in a lazy afternoon? Hope you get the chance to experience this uncommon pleasure.

Francine & Byron Pirola
Directors | Marriage Resource Centre



Our latest BreakThrough workshop held on August 10th in Pennant Hills, was another great success giving participants renewed hope for their marriage.


Read the review here


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.

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

NEW: Weekly Podcast by Francine & Byron Pirola

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.

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From the blog

Advice to Husbands | “My advice after a divorce following 16 years of marriage” – Gerald Rogers. We couldn’t have written a better advice column to husbands so we’re simply going to share it.

Take Five: Improve Your Marriage | Do you feel trapped in a dissatisfying or troubled marriage? Do you feel powerless to ‘fix’ it because your spouse refuses to join you in counselling or a marriage enrichment course? Take heart! There are lots of things a husband or wife can do on their own that can have a dramatic impact. Here are five simple strategies to start turning your marriage around.

Video: Fathers Day | Thank God for our fathers! Watch this beautiful portrayal of the special love our fathers have for us.

The Art of Apology | Do you feel mystified or helpless when your spouse is upset with you? Do your apologies get rejected? Here are 5 ways to reconcile well so that he/she knows you mean it.

Gender Differences: Tolerated or Celebrated? | The message of tolerance is really a message of low expectations and a reductionistic view of marriage. An alternative view however, is one that sees our differences as complementary.

Loving Smart | The basis of SmartLoving is, of course, how to love smart. Not everyone shows or experiences love in the same way, often leading people to complain that their spouse misunderstanding their gestures of love. So how DO you love smart?

Video: Men’s Sex Drive | Mark Gungor is a pastor, comedian and marriage expert who helps couples deal with tough marriage issues in a fun and non-threatening way. In this hilarious video he explains the Male Sex Drive.

BreakThrough Strategy – TaNGo | Do you feel stuck in your relationship? Going nowhere? Frustrated and hurt by your spouse’s behavior? Remember the TaNGo concept – click on the link for more detail on each strategy.

Respect & Cherishment | While everyone experiences love uniquely, some clear gender patterns have emerged through relationship research. Find out about what men value most in a relationship as compared to women, and why.

Video: Children See. Children Do. | A powerful and sobering presentation of how children imitate their parents.


Two of Us Series

Two of Us: Sexual Influences | Exploring what influences the way we view sexuality and our sexual relationship. Is it TV shows, family or friends? And how does it affect my spouse?

Two of Us: Man & Woman | Husbands and wives: what makes each so typically different? And how can we play on each others strengths to improve our relationship?

Two of Us: Priorities | A couple exercise to establish marriage as the number one priority. And once it is, exploring what elements of the marriage should be made priority based on your own personal relationship?

Two of Us: At Our Best | Marriage is a pathway to holiness; as such, it is our job to help our spouse reach the ultimate goal of Heaven. This exercise aims to help a couple become aware of how they can bring each other to their best.

Two of Us: Openness in Communication |  A couple exercise to establish openness between spouses with the ability to speak freely with each other.

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Thinking of a gift for your friends or family?

Whether they’re celebrating an anniversary or getting engaged, our gift vouchers are a perfect experience they’re sure to love!

Take advantage of this years sale price of the Marriage Seminar at only $80 for a weekend event (includes meals). Purchase : here

The SmartLoving Engaged course is valued at $220. Purchase : here


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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September 2013

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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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