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The Divine Rendezvous

Recently, we came across this quote from Simone Weil, a 20th-century French philosopher, Christian mystic and political activist. “God and humanity are like two lovers who have missed their rendezvous. Each is there before the time, but each at a different place, and they wait, and wait, and wait. He stands motionless, nailed to the spot for the whole of time. She is distraught and impatient. But alas for her if ...

By |2023-08-23T14:49:16+10:00August 23rd, 2023|LOVE & MARRIAGE, FAITH|0 Comments
  • Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift and the “Swiftie Dad” Phenomenon

For the uninitiated, Swiftie Dads are a phenomenon. They’re fathers whose daughters are massive Taylor Swift fans. According to GQ, these dads don’t just chaperone their kids to concerts; they’re dad-sized “groupies” who don the merchandise, sing the songs, and play along. Gone are ‘bored dads at a One Direction concert.’ These dads are ‘ecstatic about Taylor Swift concerts too’, added GQ. Although I am completely sceptical about the darker ...

By |2023-08-16T21:18:41+10:00August 18th, 2023|Dads|1 Comment
  • walking

Walking the Talk is More Than You Think

This morning, a friend from Canberra forwarded us a reflection on walking called: Keep Moving. It noted that walking was not only good for physical health, but that it is also good for spiritual health. It recalled the many stories of the New Testament where Jesus and/or the disciples were walking, not just physically from one place to another but also spiritually: walking away from the old way towards a new ...

By |2023-08-15T01:45:00+10:00August 16th, 2023|LOVE & MARRIAGE, FAITH|0 Comments
  • communication

The Science, Art and Spirit of Communication

Communication is fundamental to our relationships and the flourishing of families. If we want to do it well, there is a science, art and spirit to communication. We all like to think of ourselves as good communicators. Unfortunately, what that usually means is: I have lots to say and I’m not afraid to say it! That’s because a lot of people equate being talkative with good communication. In truth, effective communication ...

By |2023-07-26T02:46:23+10:00July 26th, 2023|LOVE & MARRIAGE, FAITH, FAMILIES|0 Comments
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Managing Differences

Different personalities. Different upbringing. Different education. Different sexes. Sometimes different ethnic or religious backgrounds. With so many differences between us, is it any wonder that making decisions as a couple is complicated and sometimes conflictual? We unpack the SmartLoving framework for managing differences and making couple decisions. Byron and Francine Pirola have been married for 34 years, and between them, they have over three decades of experience in marriage and family ...

By |2023-07-19T12:26:25+10:00July 19th, 2023|LOVE & MARRIAGE, PODCASTS|0 Comments
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