The Frank Friar 2019-01-03T16:23:31+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 147: The Dangers of Spiritual Blindness

I am back! Sorry I was away but life happens.  In the episode today, my mind is still thinking about the resent feast day in honor of the conversion of St. Paul.  We can never forget that the blindness of Paul was connected to his spirit.  He was spiritually blind before he became physically blind.  So, in the episode I talk about blindness, docility, and conversion.  I hope you enjoy it. 

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By | January 28th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 146: Reading and Our Human Journey

I am reading a book by Karen Swallow Prior called On Reading Well: Finding The Good Life through Great Books.  I must tell you all I am truly enjoy this book.  It is a solid recommend.  I talk about its structure and goal of it in the episode today.  From the intent of this book I talk about the impact reading like this book recommends has impacted my life. 

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By | January 16th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 145: The Spirit and the Baptism of the Lord

Today, I am reflecting upon the Holy Spirit during the event of the Lord’s baptism and what does that mean for the ministry of Christ.  We are in the time of the Spirit, yet it seems to be at times that the Spirit is not given much thought.  I hope this episode aids your relationship with the Holy Spirit.

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

The Frank Friar – Episode 144: Learning from a Carmelite Reformer

Today, is the feast day of St. Andrew Corsini, O. Carm.  He was a Carmelite and a bishop in Italy in the 14th century during the time of the plague.  He was known for his reforms, charity and preaching.  With everything going on in the Church during our own times, I pray that this man’s life may guide and strengthen us.  Here is a link to a great article about him.

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By | January 9th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 143: Becoming You: The light of the Epiphany

In the past few days we celebrated the Saints Elizabeth Ann Seton and John Neuwmann.  These two saints help to start and establish the Catholic school system in the USA.  Thinking about these two folks and the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord the ability to know God and to grow into our humanity is in my heart.  Today, I share some of my still stewing thoughts about the issue of becoming human in Christ and the gift we have of knowing Him in Creation. 

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By | January 7th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments