Loading...
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 115: Being in Harmony with God

Today, I am reflecting on the readings for the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B. As I was praying with these readings one word kept striking me, harmony. The readings show us the danger of disharmony and the impact it has on community and the lives of the righteous. The wicked seek to destroy those that offer the harmony of God, because their presence shows the wicked how ugly their life and acts have become. I hope you enjoy my thoughts 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 | September 24th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 114: Growing in Faith

Today, I reflect on the readings from the 24th Sunday of ordinary time year B. We here a strong message about faith. Faith that is a gift, which is meant to be lived in the world as a means of sharing God’s love. All of this goes around the question that Jesus asked his disciples “who do you say that I am?” This is a question we are called to answer in our own lives 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 | September 19th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 113: Saint Albert of Jerusalem: A Witness for Our Times

Today, is the feast day of Saint Albert of Jerusalem, the lawgiver of Carmel. He wrote the Carmelite rule that has been followed for over 800 years. His use of scripture and the ability to witness to the need for virtue in the world makes him a necessary witness for our times. The episode offers some points of reflection for you all on this amazing man for your life 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 | September 17th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 112: Fear Not in the Time of the Spirit

The episode today is a reflection about the readings from the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary time year B. The call to fear not by the Prophet Isaiah is ringing in my heart. While the healing of the deaf mute is a gateway for all of use to experience the healing presence of the Lord. I feel these readings are a true source of strength during our dark times in the Church. 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 | September 12th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 111: Being a Trustworthy Steward

Today, I offer a reflection on 1st Cor. 4: 1-5. This passage has been on my mind and in my heart since the news about ex-Cardinal McCarrick broke. The Church, also, had this reading offered at one of Her weekly Masses. I know I will always be a priest because of the sacrament, but I know if people do not trust me, I cannot be their priest. A hard truth I think all clergy needs to hear. 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 | September 10th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments