The Frank Friar2019-05-05T11:00:08-04:00

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 247: Humility and Truth

A fundamental aspect to a life of prayer in the wisdom of St. Teresa of Avila is humility. How are we to understand humility through her eyes? Truth. Today, I speak about the relationship between humility and truth for St. Teresa and how it can aid us in our lives of discipleship.

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By |March 30th, 2020|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 246: Just Your Imagination

I hear about people struggling with their imagination all the time. Usually it is about the imagination impeding during a time being offered up in prayer. So, I speak about how we are to respond to this issue. I use the wisdom of my big sis St. Teresa of Avila. I hope this helps you all. Prayers from Carmel during this Corona Virus outbreak.

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 |March 25th, 2020|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 245: He is Near to Us

Today, I speak about some wisdom from St. Teresa of Avila. She is poignant and direct values that seem to be lacking in our times. She reminds us about God’s closeness to us. This is a message that we need to be reminded of about all the time. Prayers from Carmel during this Corona Virus outbreak.

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 |March 23rd, 2020|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 244: The Royal Road

In the book ‘The Way of Perfection’ St. Teresa of Avila writes about the royal road of prayer. I speak about her wisdom today. This road is something we are all called to walk upon in this life. What does that mean for us? This is just one issue I try to address in the episode 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 |March 18th, 2020|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 243: Hope: The Holy Thirst

Sad times in the Archdiocese of New York. In that light, I speak about the second reading from the 3rd Sunday of Lent. St. Paul offers us a powerful message on wisdom. Hope is needed at all times but during our current times the Lord may be calling us to reflect upon this gift He has given us.

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 |March 16th, 2020|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments