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The Frank Friar 2018-08-19T15:22:01+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 105: Jesus is Kind but Not Nice! Be Challenged by our Lord

This previous weekend we arrived at the pinnacle of the bread of life discourse. Just as Jesus challenged the people of his time with a difficult message and his challenge is still pushing us. Yet, how are we to deal with this challenge in the light of the current crisis in the USA? Today I address these things in this podcast. 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 | August 20th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 104: A Message to the Shepherds

Considering the former Cardinal McCarrick case of abuse my mind and heart has turned toward a message in the Prophet Ezekiel, Ezekiel 34: 7-10. Within this passage the Lord speaks to the shepherds of Israel through the prophet condemning them. The Lord says he is now against the shepherds because of their abuse of the sheep. I believe this message is need more now than ever, so the leaders can wake up and begin to identify the weeds among the wheat and respond recording. 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 | August 1st, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 103: Words of Heroism for your life from Bl. Titus Brandsma

Recently, the Carmelite order on July 27th celebrated the memorial of Bl. Titus Brandsma. He was a Dutchman who worked to keep the Nazis and their ideology out of the catholic schools and newspapers in Holland. Today, I read a sermon he gave during the war years calling people to heroism in faith and love against the new-paganism of the Nazis. I have always been inspired by this sermon and so I wanted to share it with you all. 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 30th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 102: Joy and God’s Providence

The episode today goes out on the birthday of my second niece. Both of my nieces where born on their patron saints’ feast days. Seeing this always makes me laugh and makes me think that God must have a great sense of humor. Today, I try to share my joy and the beauty about God’s providence in our lives. 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 25th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 101: A few thoughts about the Cardinal McCarrick Situation

The topic of today’s podcast deals with a sensitive topic of sexual abuse. Cardinal McCarrick has been in the newspapers a lot recently and it appears he did some very terrible things (I write appear, because there has not been a trial). As a new priest I share some of my thoughts about this issue and the terrible harm he has caused people. I also as for the prayers of you all as a new priest. 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 23rd, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments