The Frank Friar 2019-01-03T16:23:31+00:00

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 154: Witnessing a Moment of Joy

I recently attended an event in NYC called New York Encounter.  It is an event put on by the ecclesial group called Communion and Liberation. I was a great event.  There was a lot of joy in the air I experienced there, but why?  I address that joy in the podcast today.      

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By | February 20th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 153: The True Danger of the “Woes”

The 6th Sunday of Ordinary time year C offers us a part of the 6th chapter of Luke’s Gospel.  We are given the Lucean form of the beatitudes, but those we are given the “woes.” Today, I talk about those “woes” that Jesus gives as a warning about the focus of our lives. 

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By | February 18th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 152: Christ with us in Our Vocation

The is an interesting turn that occurs within our Gospel reading from this past weekend.  It was Luke 5: 1-11.  This was the call of Peter and a few of the other apostles.  This tur really helps us to understand Christ in our vocation calls.   

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By | February 13th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 151: Being Present to Suffering

Today, I talk a little bit about suffering.  Not our own, but when those in our lives suffering.  Recently, I told the children at one of our two schools that their school would be closing in June.  My thoughts arise out of pondering on this moment from last week. 

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By | February 11th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 150: The First Steps of Love

The 4th Sunday of Ordinary time of year C offers to the people the Spirit inspired wisdom of St. Paul about love in 1st Cor. 13.  The fourth verse of that chapter begins the definition on love for St. Paul.  Those are the first steps for his insight about journeying in love in Christ by the Spirit. Today, I speak about those first steps of our journey in Love.

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By | February 6th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments