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The Frank Friar 2018-08-23T20:47:50+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 134: Hope and the Second Coming of Christ

For the podcast today, I am reflecting on the readings we had for the 1st Sunday of Advent.  Christ is our king that has been promised to us via Jeremiah.  St. Paul through his letter to the Thessalonians also teaches us how we live in the world here and now is extremely important.  Finally, the Gospel which gives us the last words of Christ before he entered Jerusalem to suffer death.   Thus, are readings revolve around an idea of the Second Coming of Christ.  We are in a time now were we live by hope to prepare for He comes again.

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By | December 5th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 133: The Light of Hope

A new liturgical year is upon us.  We are now in the Advent season.  One of the things I love about this time of our liturgical year is the tradition of the Advent wreath.  This year what has struck me about this the first candle of the Advent wreath.  The first candle of the wreath is a symbol of hope.  This symbol means that each new liturgical year begins with the light of hope. Hope which guides us through the year.  Today, I reflect upon this act of hope that starts our new liturgical year in the Church.

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By | December 3rd, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 132: Your Priest Needs You

My last episode for the liturgical year! As I was preparing for this day my mind and heart kept going to the roughness for priests this past year.  Today, I make a call for all laity to aid, support, and pray for your priest.  I offer some concrete actions on what to do and why.  Thank you for your time and please keep me in your prayers.

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By | November 28th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 131: The Revelation of Christ the King

Today, I give a reflection about the feast day of Christ the King.  Over the years, I find myself growing more in love with this feast.  Looking at the readings for that feast I see a beautiful unfolding of the paschal mystery which helps us to understand Christ as OUR king.  I offer those thoughts to you.

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By | November 26th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 130: Having a Christian Household

I reflect upon an article from the November issue of First Things.  The article was called Reclaiming the Household by Prof. John Cuddeback.  He is a philosophy professor at Christendom College.  Here is a link to his website https://baconfromacorns.com/. In this article he writes about the concept or family and the household, where they are same but where they are different.  I share my personal thoughts from this article.  It really is a recommend reading.

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 | November 21st, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments