The Frank Friar - Episode 154: Witnessing a Moment of Joy

February 20, 2019

I recently attended an event in NYC called New York Encounter.  It is an event put on by the ecclesial group called Communion and Liberation. I was a great event.  There was a lot of joy in the air I experienced there, but why?  I address that joy in the podcast today.      

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The Frank Friar - Episode 153: The True Danger of the “Woes”

February 18, 2019

The 6th Sunday of Ordinary time year C offers us a part of the 6th chapter of Luke’s Gospel.  We are given the Lucean form of the beatitudes, but those we are given the “woes.” Today, I talk about those “woes” that Jesus gives as a warning about the focus of our lives. 

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The Frank Friar - Episode 152: Christ with us in Our Vocation

February 13, 2019

The is an interesting turn that occurs within our Gospel reading from this past weekend.  It was Luke 5: 1-11.  This was the call of Peter and a few of the other apostles.  This tur really helps us to understand Christ in our vocation calls.   

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The Frank Friar - Episode 151: Being Present to Suffering

February 11, 2019

Today, I talk a little bit about suffering.  Not our own, but when those in our lives suffering.  Recently, I told the children at one of our two schools that their school would be closing in June.  My thoughts arise out of pondering on this moment from last week. 

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The Frank Friar - Episode 150: The First Steps of Love

February 6, 2019

The 4th Sunday of Ordinary time of year C offers to the people the Spirit inspired wisdom of St. Paul about love in 1st Cor. 13.  The fourth verse of that chapter begins the definition on love for St. Paul.  Those are the first steps for his insight about journeying in love in Christ by the Spirit. Today, I speak about those first steps of our journey in Love.

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The Frank Friar - Episode 149: The Dangers of Familiarity

February 4, 2019

Reflecting on the rejection of Jesus by his home town family and friends in Luke 4 has always struck me as a warning.  A warning of about what? Is the question I address in the episode today. 

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The Frank Friar - Episode 148: Broken Glass: The Dangers of Belief

January 30, 2019

Recently, I saw the movie #Glass.  I liked it even though it was not a perfect film.  One of the main elements of that film was the concept of belief. Belief plays a huge role in each person’s life.  A person’s belief does not need to be rooted in a notion of God of the Christian tradition.  I talk about the dangerous of belief and the life it can produce in the world.  What we believe it shapes our lives.  Thus, we must become a people always open to reflecting on what we say we believe.

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The Frank Friar - Episode 147: The Dangers of Spiritual Blindness

January 28, 2019

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

January 16, 2019

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

January 14, 2019

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

January 9, 2019

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.

https://ocarm.org/en/content/liturgy/st-andrew-corsini-bishop-feast

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

January 7, 2019

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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The Frank Friar - Episode 142: Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

January 2, 2019

We are in 2019 now! Happy New Year everybody!  Today, I offer you all an idea about the need to look at ourselves to gain guidance for what the Lord is calling us to this year.  Resolutions are good and nice, but if they are not addressing the issues of our lives we cannot grow in union with God.  Self-knowledge is a need we are all called into during our lives of discipleship. So, we all best be checking in with ourselves.  (Here is my article I refer to http://www.catholicstand.com/st-john-of-the-cross-on-appetite/)

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The Frank Friar - Episode 141: To Parents: Help Your Kids to Put on Christ

December 31, 2018

In the light of the Feast of the Holy Family I find myself stewing on the reading we had from the letter to the Colossians (3: 12-21).  Each of us put on Christ through our baptism, but via our family we can grow into Him who we placed on.  If parents don’t live and rejoice in the faith why would their children remain in the faith?  Today, I talk about the work of the parents in aiding the gift of faith in the life of their children who are themselves gifts from God to their parents. 

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The Frank Friar - Episode 140: Saint John and The Word

December 26, 2018

St. John’s Gospel has always played an important role in my life.  Today, I talk about the first few verses of his gospel.  We were brought into being through the Word.  In the light of the Christmas season what are we being told about God’s act of creation? 

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The Frank Friar - Episode 139: The Permeation of the Darkness on Christmas Night

December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas everybody!  Today, I reflect upon the birth of Christ during the night.  What does it mean that the Christ child came into the world at night?  May we never forget that even during our darkest moments the light of Christ can always break through it. 

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The Frank Friar - Episode 138: Out of the Mouth of Babes

December 19, 2018

Recently, I had two experiences where children acted with such reverence I was taken aback.  My mind and heart are still stewing on this moments.  In the episode today, I try to covey some thoughts about these moments to you all.  Remember, the Lord is always drawing us to liminal places where we can enter into a deeper relationship with Him.

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The Frank Friar - Episode 137: Learning from the Liturgy, A Response to a Sad Action

December 17, 2018

My podcast episode today again returns to the topic of suicide.  Recently, in my home state of Michigan, it appears a priest sad some devastating things during a funeral of a young man who committed suicide.  In this episode today, I give a response to some of things that he was reported to have said.  In giving a response, I turn to our liturgy as Catholics as a source and guide for our understanding.  May we always remember to act with humility in relationship to what the Church teaches.

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The Frank Friar - Episode 136: A Fact About Saint John of the Cross

December 12, 2018

The feast day of St. John of the Cross is Dec. 14th.  To prepare ourselves for his feast day I wanted to offer you all an important fact about the early life of St. John of the Cross.  I think sometimes we can lose who this man was by what he wrote.  I hope the episode today helps you to appreciate and embrace St. John of the Cross more!

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The Frank Friar - Episode 135: Perspectives for Our Faith

December 10, 2018

Today, I am reflecting upon the readings from the 2nd Sunday of Advent Year C.  The theme of faith is a point that struck me about all the readings for this day.  Also, the 2nd candle of the Advent wreath is now burning, which symbolizes faith.  How we look at and approach the gift of faith is an important aspect about our lives as disciples.  I hope the perspectives I offer you through this episode helps you.

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