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 273: Magnanimity

Recently, I was reading the Matthean version of the Sower and the Seeds. While stewing over that passage my mind kept going to the virtue of magnanimity. A virtue we do not hear about much but need so badly in our times. I speak about that virtue today in this episode.

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By |July 13th, 2020|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 272: We All Shall Die

We all will die. This is a reality that we as Christians need to reflect upon every day of our life. By reflecting upon our death via the light of faith our hearts can grow in hope. And from that hope makes the possibility of love evermore intensified. Why am I talking about this today? Because, we need to, so we can better care for the neighbors around us today during the pandemic.

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By |July 8th, 2020|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 271: To Come, Take, and Learn

Today, I am reflecting about the readings from this past Sunday. I talk about the role of the Holy Spirit. Also, from that what are some of the verbs in the Gospel and how they help us to understand that life in the Spirit.

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By |July 6th, 2020|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 270: Life During Our Times

Today, I am reflecting on the 1st reading from the Second book of Kings from the Mass this previous Sunday (2 Kngs 4). We see the Prophet Elisha encountering a woman with a barren womb. I believe there is much we can learn from this woman that can aid us in our current times and I touch upon an aspect of that in the episode.

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By |July 1st, 2020|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Frank Friar – Episode 269: Life During Our Times

Today, I address what was going on with me and why I was away for two weeks.

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By |June 29th, 2020|Categories: The Frank Friar, Uncategorized|0 Comments