The Frank Friar2019-05-05T11:00:08-04:00

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 188: Love is Revelatory

Love, via the symbol of fire, teaches us something important about God’s love. God’s love and thus the love of God is revelatory. True love always reveals. Those outside the bounds of the Church may reject God’s love because they do not wish to see themselves in the light of that love. Today, I speak about that conflict and what must our Christian response be in the world.

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The Frank Friar – Episode 187: Loving as a Christian

The world puts forth a message/image of love that falls utterly short of what Christian love is. In the episode today I speak about the issue of love and what it calls forth from the Christian. Love is a challenge, but it is a challenge we do not meet alone. God is always with us who turn towards Him in humility.

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By |August 19th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 186: An Unsentimental Hope

We are people of hope because we are children of God. But what does that mean to be hopeful? In a world consumed by seeking certain feelings that desire can easily twist notions relationship to the gifts of faith, hope and love. Today I talk about the necessity of hope particularly hope that is not chasing after certain feelings and sentiments.

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By |August 14th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 185: A Humble Child

Today I am recording from rural Michigan. I wanted to make a quick little podcast episode about experience I had after a Mass from this past weekend at my home parish. The child had an amazing story to tell me and the way she told it to me was quite striking. I hope you find her witness as impressive as I did.

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

The Frank Friar – Episode 184: Witnessing Through Prayer

In the episode today I offer some thoughts I shared in my homily from this past Sunday (17th Sunday in ordinary time year C). My homily focused on the life of Jesus at prayer. What does His witness to prayer teach and show us about being a discipleship? The reading from Colossians 2 plays a big role in my thoughts today. Remember, we are all called to embrace the gift that is the baptism we received. Take care and know I am praying from you.

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 |July 31st, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments