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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 118: A Thought about Marriage

I had a marriage that I officiated for two friends of mine recently.  It was a beautiful day.  Also, the Gospel from the 27th Sunday of ordinary time offered us the words of Jesus about Marriage.  In the episode today, I speak about am important incent about marriage that I do not hear being spoken about much lately.  The Married life bears witness to something greater than just the couple.  Listen today to find out what I am speaking about.

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 | October 10th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 117: Talking About Suicide

Today, I am talking about suicide. Why? Because, a family member of mine committed suicide at the beginning of the month of September. I am from a rural culture and this is a word people do not talk about, for many reasons. Yet, I believe the fear from speaking about this topic keeps things in the darkness and might continue a cycle of pain. 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 | October 8th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 116: Speaking the Truth

Today, I reflect on Ephesians 4: 25-29. I am thinking about this passage considering fraternal correction. I offer thoughts about needing to speak the truth and the need to reflect about how we are called to do it. Love drives out fear, so we need to speak the truth in live, in the courage the Spirit provides. 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 26th, 2018|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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