The Frank Friar 2019-05-05T11:00:08-04:00

My name is Fr. Nicholas Blackwell, O. Carm. I am a Carmelite Friar in the Catholic Church. I was born and raised in rural Michigan, and have a farm boy’s heart. I serve in the Archdiocese of New York via the St. Elias Province of the Carmelite Order. I served in the Peace Corps in West Africa. I love to read and walk through nature. I enjoy sharing my Carmelite Spirituality through my, YouTube channel, podcast, and blog. I graduated from Northern Michigan University with a B.S. and the Catholic University of America with a M.Div. and S.T.B. My YouTube Channel is: https://www.youtube.com/c/thefrankfriar. My only presence is known by the name ‘The Frank Friar.’

​The Frank Friar Podcast is just that ‘frank.’ Why? Because each podcast episode is like a mini-retreat for your day. It is a way for you to receive quickly little spiritual insights from the Carmelite Tradition with in the Catholic Church. If you want to have little words of nourishment that will help you grow deeper in the Word of God… To strengthen your allegiance to Jesus Christ through cultivation of a pure heart and stout conscience… And to finally, build up your personal prayer life!!! Please make sure to subscribe to The Frank Friar podcast and allow the gift of Carmel to have a place in your life.

The Frank Friar – Episode 171: Reality Check

Well I got my new prosthetic. To say I am happy is an understatement. In the matter of a few days I have shared this joy on many social media pages. With that I felt it is important to note that the struggle is real in my life. I always worry about hero worship and putting people or things on a pedestal. Thus, the episode today is realistic sort of gut check as I lay before you all my future reality as a means for all of us to understand the struggles we will be facing.

If you like my podcast, please make sure to subscribe to the podcast it really does help me. You can find more of my content at my website www.thefrankfriar.com and my YouTube at www.youtube.com/c/thefrankfriar


By | June 17th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 170: Rejoicing in the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Giver of Life as our creed teaches us. The divine life is possible to us in the Spirit through the life of Christ. The divine life is not something waiting for us but a gift we receive now and grow in as we follow the lead of the Spirit in this life. From that relationship, thanks be to Christ, we can be a rejoicing people. Why? Because in the Spirit we will rise, a reality and a promise made know via the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

If you like my podcast, please make sure to subscribe to the podcast it really does help me. You can find more of my content at my website www.thefrankfriar.com and my YouTube at www.youtube.com/c/thefrankfriar


By | June 12th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 169: The Celestial Choir: Our Place in it via The Holy Spirit

We are a pilgrim people. This movement is not about a distance but about a state of being. We are called to be like Christ. This state of being is only possible the sanctification offers to us by the Holy Spirit. I talk about that work of the Spirit and how through it we can take up our place in the celestial choir.

If you like my podcast, please make sure to subscribe to the podcast it really does help me. You can find more of my content at my website www.thefrankfriar.com and my YouTube at www.youtube.com/c/thefrankfriar


By | June 10th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 168: You Are Not Atlas: The Need to Embrace the Fear of the Lord

I recently wrote an article on the Spirit’s gift of piety. Since, my time working on that article my mind has been going over the other gifts, in particularly the gift of the fear of the Lord. I talk about that gift today in the light of a condition I see among people and myself I call the “Atlas Complex.” Pentecost is approaching let us offer some time to think about what it means to have the Holy Spirit dwelling in our hearts.

If you like my podcast, please make sure to subscribe to the podcast it really does help me. You can find more of my content at my website www.thefrankfriar.com and my YouTube at www.youtube.com/c/thefrankfriar


By | June 5th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 167: New Steps, First Steps, and the Holy Spirit

Recently, I was able to walk around in a prototype prosthetic. I hope to be walking in a permanent one soon and begin my physical therapy. Since, I took those steps my mind has been stewing over the spiritual reality that the Holy Spirit makes possible for us. I hope you enjoy the podcast today.

If you like my podcast, please make sure to subscribe to the podcast it really does help me. You can find more of my content at my website www.thefrankfriar.com and my YouTube at www.youtube.com/c/thefrankfriar


By | June 3rd, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments