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 162: Washed in the Blood of Christ Preparing for Confession

Recently, I was reading the book Divine Intimacy by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.  He was writing about confession in the light of the Sacred Blood of Jesus.  This is an important image for us to carry during Lent as we embrace the gift that is the sacrament of confession. 

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By | March 20th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 161: Confronting Our Idols of Jesus

During the 2nd Sunday of Lent we here about the Transfiguration of Christ.  This moment within the life of Christ offers the disciple so many insights to the heart of Christ that this moment can never be exhausted.  Today, I offer an insight from a Carmelite perspective that speaks about living a life when we are given moments before the glory of God.  These moments do present to us a danger we must always be careful about within our lives of discipleship. 

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By | March 18th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 160: A Humiliated People

Recently, I went to a Jewish Community Center event on the book of Exodus.  Many things were discussed that night, but a topic came up that really struck me.  That topic was humiliation.   In the episode today, I discuss why that topic struck me and why it is important for us to be aware of your own humiliations that arise from sin. 

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By | March 13th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 159: Seeing His Face Via the Fast

Pain is something we all must deal with during our lives.  Fasting plays a key role in our understanding of pain.  How we see impacts how we move.  If our gaze is upon Christ, we move with him.  If our gaze in other things we move away from him.  Fasting impacts and shapes our ability to gaze upon Christ and thank him.  These are just a few things I speak about in the episode today.

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By | March 11th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 158: From the Heart

Fasting, almsgiving, and prayer three things we are called to embrace for lent! Why?  Today, I offer one answer to why these practices are things we need to embrace for our lent.  Prayers from Carmel.

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 6th, 2019|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments