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The Frank Friar - Episode 187: Loving as a Christian

The Frank Friar - Episode 187: Loving as a Christian

August 19, 2019

The world puts forth a message/image of love that falls utterly short of what Christian love is. In the episode today I speak about the issue of love and what it calls forth from the Christian. Love is a challenge, but it is a challenge we do not meet alone. God is always with us who turn towards Him in humility.

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The Frank Friar - Episode 186: An Unsentimental Hope

The Frank Friar - Episode 186: An Unsentimental Hope

August 14, 2019

We are people of hope because we are children of God. But what does that mean to be hopeful? In a world consumed by seeking certain feelings that desire can easily twist notions relationship to the gifts of faith, hope and love. Today I talk about the necessity of hope particularly hope that is not chasing after certain feelings and sentiments.

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The Frank Friar - Episode 185: A Humble Child

The Frank Friar - Episode 185: A Humble Child

August 12, 2019

Today I am recording from rural Michigan. I wanted to make a quick little podcast episode about experience I had after a Mass from this past weekend at my home parish. The child had an amazing story to tell me and the way she told it to me was quite striking. I hope you find her witness as impressive as I did.

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The Frank Friar - Episode 184: Witnessing Through Prayer

The Frank Friar - Episode 184: Witnessing Through Prayer

July 31, 2019

In the episode today I offer some thoughts I shared in my homily from this past Sunday (17th Sunday in ordinary time year C). My homily focused on the life of Jesus at prayer. What does His witness to prayer teach and show us about being a discipleship? The reading from Colossians 2 plays a big role in my thoughts today. Remember, we are all called to embrace the gift that is the baptism we received. Take care and know I am praying from you.

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The Frank Friar - Episode 183: Inviting Jesus into Your Heart

The Frank Friar - Episode 183: Inviting Jesus into Your Heart

July 29, 2019

This episode is going out on the feast day of St. Martha, sister to Mary and Lazarus. She is the sister ho symbolizes the active life. She was also the sister that was corrected by Jesus for her fretting about her sister. Today, I talk about an insight from the beginning of her encounter with Jesus. I hope my reflection aids you in your life of discipleship that is given through the Spirit of Love.

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The Frank Friar - Episode 182: Inner Fire and Carmel

The Frank Friar - Episode 182: Inner Fire and Carmel

July 24, 2019

Today’s episode is quite big. Why? The episode is a conference talk I gave at the Lay Carmelite Convocation in Chicago, Illinois on July 19th. I spoke about the inner fire of the human heart. What is this fire? How do we care for it? What is the purpose of it? These are just a few of the question I address in this conference. The spring board into this talk is the Prophet Elijah in 1st & 2nd Kings. I hope you find this talk nourishing for your spiritual life.

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The Frank Friar - Episode 181: Recollection:  Warming Our Hearts in Christ

The Frank Friar - Episode 181: Recollection: Warming Our Hearts in Christ

July 22, 2019

Today, I speak about the first part of a conference speech I gave to the Lay Carmelites of the USA. Recollection is a key aspect to the life of the Carmelite. It is how we remain close to the Lord. Recollection is a means of cultivating and growing in one’s relationship with the Lord by remain in proximity to Him. I hope this talk helps you in your spiritual life today.

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The Frank Friar - Episode 180: The Language of Prayer From Our Places of Prayer

The Frank Friar - Episode 180: The Language of Prayer From Our Places of Prayer

July 17, 2019

Today I talk about an article I read on architecture and the language of buildings speak to people. What do our individual and communal places of prayer communicate to us? How does these places aid the heart in prayer? Places, hearts, and prayer are linked. I also speak what insights the Carmelite Rule has on this topic.

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The Frank Friar - Episode 179: Our Lady, Mother, and Sister: Celebrating Mary in Our Lives

The Frank Friar - Episode 179: Our Lady, Mother, and Sister: Celebrating Mary in Our Lives

July 15, 2019

Today’s episode is being released a day before the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. I’m currently residing at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel to say are busy with the setup is an understatement. Also, the weekend before the feast the Shrine hosted its 3rd annual celebration of Our Lady of La Vang, a Vietnamese devotion to Mary. In the episode today, I speak about Marian devotion. What does it mean that Mary is with us during our pilgrimage of Life? What is Mary doing to help us during that journey? These questions and more are addressed in the episode today.

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The Frank Friar - Episode 178: A Life of Truth and The Dangers of Pleasing People

The Frank Friar - Episode 178: A Life of Truth and The Dangers of Pleasing People

July 10, 2019

Recently, I read a book by Cardinal Jospeh Zen about the current situation of the Catholic Church in China. The book is called For Love of my People I will Not Remain Silent. The book is quite hard hitting and shows the behind the scene work f the Vatican and its diplomatic work with the People’s Republic of China. I grab onto a line he spoke about in relationship to the Church and truth. That lines deals with the temptation to please people. If you want to look into the book here is a link to it: https://www.ignatius.com/For-Love-of-My-People-I-Will-Not-Remain-Silent-P3179.aspx

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The Frank Friar - Episode 177: Ecumenism and The Holy Thirst

The Frank Friar - Episode 177: Ecumenism and The Holy Thirst

July 8, 2019

Today, I speak about a book a received recently called Holy Thirst. It is a book about main themes in Carmelite Spirituality. It speaks about the themes through offering a litany of Carmelite quotes in and around that topic. The book came out through Paraclete Press. This publisher has ecumenism as purpose for their existence. In the episode I speak a little bit about ecumenism and the role/place of Carmel in that work. Here is a link if you wish to look up this book: https://paracletepress.com/collections/new-releases/products/holy-thirst

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The Frank Friar - Episode 176: A Diner’s Menu: A Lesson in Freedom

The Frank Friar - Episode 176: A Diner’s Menu: A Lesson in Freedom

July 3, 2019

The area of NY I am in has a lot of Greek diners. I love these diners, but their menus are huge. In the episode today, I talk about an experience my dad had at one of these diners. His experience offers us a way to reflect on freedom and the Christian life. With July 4th being upon us I think it is important to ponder over the freedom given to us from the Lord. May we never become slaves to the flesh but remain free in the Spirit.

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The Frank Friar - Episode 175: Being Challenged By A Name

The Frank Friar - Episode 175: Being Challenged By A Name

July 3, 2019

In this episode I reflect on a reading from the 1st book of Kings when the Prophet Elijah visits Elisha. The names of these two men challenge us to reflect about our relationship to our idols and God. The prophets unsettle the heart, so the heart can reflect on the foundation it rests upon. Is our heart resting on the cold stone of idols or on the Sacred Heart of Jesus? I hope this episode helps to see your heart with evermore clarity.

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The Frank Friar - Episode 174: Insights from Saint Luke and the Eucharist

The Frank Friar - Episode 174: Insights from Saint Luke and the Eucharist

June 26, 2019

For the episode today, I speak a little bit about the Gospel from the Feast of Corpus Christi this past weekend. Luke introduces the multiplication of the loaves and fishes by Christ teaching about the Kingdom and healing of the sick. What can we learn from this act of St. Luke? I address that question today.

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The Frank Friar - Episode 173: Enders Island and the Carmelite family

The Frank Friar - Episode 173: Enders Island and the Carmelite family

June 24, 2019

This past weekend, June 22-23, I was in Mystic, CT on Enders Island. I was asked to help with a Lay Carmelite Retreat weekend. It was an amazing weekend. Why? Amazing weather and time with their family, what more could be asked for? This weekend has given my heart a lot of joy. I speak about that joy today with you all.

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The Frank Friar - Episode 172: The Journey of Love and the Trinity

The Frank Friar - Episode 172: The Journey of Love and the Trinity

June 19, 2019

The previous Sunday before this episode was Trinity Sunday. Now, ever celebration of the Mass is an act of celebrating the Trinity. Yet, on that specific feast day from this Sunday past we are being called to wrestle with the revealed God who has made himself known as a Trinity. One God in three Persons. Today, I talk about the path of love that is necessary to lead us up to the celebration of the Trinity. God is Love (1st Jn. 4:16). To grow in relationship with God is to grow in love with God.

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The Frank Friar - Episode 171: Reality Check

The Frank Friar - Episode 171: Reality Check

June 17, 2019

Well I got my new prosthetic. To say I am happy is an understatement. In the matter of a few days I have shared this joy on many social media pages. With that I felt it is important to note that the struggle is real in my life. I always worry about hero worship and putting people or things on a pedestal. Thus, the episode today is realistic sort of gut check as I lay before you all my future reality as a means for all of us to understand the struggles we will be facing.

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The Frank Friar - Episode 170: Rejoicing in the Holy Spirit

The Frank Friar - Episode 170: Rejoicing in the Holy Spirit

June 12, 2019

The Holy Spirit is the Giver of Life as our creed teaches us. The divine life is possible to us in the Spirit through the life of Christ. The divine life is not something waiting for us but a gift we receive now and grow in as we follow the lead of the Spirit in this life. From that relationship, thanks be to Christ, we can be a rejoicing people. Why? Because in the Spirit we will rise, a reality and a promise made know via the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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The Frank Friar - Episode 169: The Celestial Choir: Our Place in it via The Holy Spirit

The Frank Friar - Episode 169: The Celestial Choir: Our Place in it via The Holy Spirit

June 10, 2019

We are a pilgrim people. This movement is not about a distance but about a state of being. We are called to be like Christ. This state of being is only possible the sanctification offers to us by the Holy Spirit. I talk about that work of the Spirit and how through it we can take up our place in the celestial choir.

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The Frank Friar - Episode 168: You Are Not Atlas: The Need to Embrace the Fear of the Lord

The Frank Friar - Episode 168: You Are Not Atlas: The Need to Embrace the Fear of the Lord

June 5, 2019

I recently wrote an article on the Spirit‚Äôs gift of piety. Since, my time working on that article my mind has been going over the other gifts, in particularly the gift of the fear of the Lord. I talk about that gift today in the light of a condition I see among people and myself I call the ‚ÄúAtlas Complex.‚ÄĚ Pentecost is approaching let us offer some time to think about what it means to have the Holy Spirit dwelling in our hearts.

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