The Frank Friar

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.... Show More

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July 29, 2020

My mind is still stewing over the Gospel from this past Sunday, the 17th Sunday in ordinary time year A (Mt. 13: 44-52). We hear about a man finding a treasure in a field and another finding a pearl of great price. I speak about something that appears different about their situations from the parable in the podcast episode today.

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This episode goes out on the memorial of BL. Titus Brandsma. He was a Carmelite from Holland. He was killed during WWII by the Nazis in Dachua. He was a man that offers a great witness to the need of courage in a world that calls those of faith to become conformed to it. I use some wisdom from Bl. Titus as a way for us to understand that movement we will have to undergo between conflict and courage in our current times.

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Recently, at one of the parishes I work at a person knocked down a memorial stone on our property. I speak about that today and a possible response toward the person that did it. Why is joy important during this time? I try to address that and our Christian response in the episode today.

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This episode is going out on the feast day of St. Elijah! The Carmelites celebrate him on July 20th every year. Thus, for the episode today I wanted to speak a little bit about him. The title of the episode is a little hint of the insight I think we can gain from him. 
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The episode today goes out the day before the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. I speak about the Gospel passage we Carmelites use on that feast, along with a perspective on the Brown Scapular of our Lady. Remember, a devotion to the Brown Scapular always brings us to a special and need place with our Lady.

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

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In the episode I reflect on the recent looting and riot in my local area of the Bronx. I talk about what a brother and I did that night and what was the inner movements of my heart. What can we learn about from that moment? Is a question I wrestle with in the episode today.

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The Gospel passage from Trinity Sunday conveys a needed word for our reflection “might.” That is a window into a life that is open to us by belief and the need to also conform ourselves to that belief. So, in the episode today I wrestle with that word “might.”

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I have a new goddaughter. In the episode today I reflect on that and the gift of life in the Church’s ministry. I hope we all can keep reflecting on our lives as we strive to proclaim Christ and minister to him in the world.

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Today, I reflect upon a theme I saw in the Sunday’s readings from Pentecost. We are called to be one in Christ. That reality of oneness is realized through the work of the Holy Spirit. I get into that topic a bit in the episode today.

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As we prepare for Pentecost, I offer up a need for us to reflect on 1 John 3: 18. It is a verse that calls us to deed and truth. How are we to live our Christian lives? I wrestle with that question today in this episode.

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Today, is the feast of St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi. I speak a bit about her and offer you all an insight from her. An insight that deals with love and the Holy Spirit.
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Today, I am reflecting on words from Bl. John Soreth. In particular, his words in the light of the feast of the Ascension. The seeds of God’s goodness reside in us, so what does that mean for us that journey with Christ? I wrestle with that question in the episode today.

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Our gospel reading from the 6th Sunday of ordinary time challenges us with a statement from Christ “If you love God...”. That word ‘if’ is doing a lot of work in that statement. In the episode today I speak about that challenge presented to us.
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May 16th is the feast day of St. Simon Stock. I speak about this saint and his importance in the Land of Carmel. Our parish in the Bronx and is under his patronage. We will have a Mass in honor of him at 9 am est on the Parish Facebook page St. Simon Stock-St. Joseph parish.
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1st Peter 2: 4 is a verse that was from our second reading of the 5th Sunday of Easter. That passage has stayed with for a while because of the two words Chosen and Precious. Today, I talk about those words and message of St. Peter to us!

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