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The Frank Friar 2018-05-29T23:01:51+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 87: The Holy Trinity: A Few Thoughts

We are in the shadow of the Feast of the Holy Trinity. During my time of recovery I read many books. One of the books I read was by Bishop Robert Barron called Exploring Catholic Theology. One of the regular themes he has in this book is that we “ARE” a relationship to God. What does this for us in relationship to the Trinity? Today, I talk about this idea from Bishop Barren and our lives. I hope these thoughts helps to feed your soul 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 | May 28th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 86: The Media, Truth, and The Holy Spirit

Part of my life as a friar and a priest is the need to stay current about timely invents to serve the people of the area. For a while now I just see a big sickness in the mainstream media. As disciples of Christ we are called to be discerners of Truth. Yet, we do not discern alone but have been given certain gifts from the Spirit. A few of the gifts that are important in our relationship with the media is the gift of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. Slander and Libel are serious concerns that both Pope Benedict XVI and Francis have told us about and called out the media on. I hope my thoughts help you to continue to grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ, which is done through the power of the Spirit. 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 | May 23rd, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 85: The Holy Spirit and Your Heart

This podcast episode is going the day after Pentecost. The reason I am a Catholic is due to the presence of the Holy Spirit. He came to me at a moment I was not expecting it. I still do not know why at that moment in my life He came to me. I share this personal experience along with the need we all have for the Spirit’s presence. I believe, he gives us freedom to live to the fullest being that we are called to live. I pray that the Holy Spirit continues help you all grow in the gift of life the Father has gift 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 | May 21st, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 84: Vocal Prayer: A Gift with Limits

While I am recovering I am reading more and more books. One type of things I am reading is older Carmelite writers. Today, I offer a reflection of one of his (Fr. Daniel of Virgin Mary) about the topic of vocal prayer. It is a means of entering into a life of prayer, but we also need to be aware how it can limit our relationship with Jesus Christ. 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 | May 16th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 83: Joy!

Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. What it is necessary for joy to grow in our lives? With this question and other thoughts, I talk about this experience of Joy. We are all called to joy. Let us spend some time reflecting on this call 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 | May 14th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments