Pretzels, the Perfect Lenten Snack

pretzelsThose observing the Christian calendar have just entered into the season of Lent. The word lent comes from the German verbiage, lenctentid which means the time of lengthening and flowering or Spring. 

During this holy observance, as with many natural laws, we see the power of the Wisdom of Three at work.   Christians are asked to follow the Three Lenten Principles

  • Prayer
  • Fasting
  • Almsgiving

In today’s fast paced, modern society it is harder than it used to be for us to tie all three of these together but that is exactly what we are called to do and after reading this you might find it a bit easier.

In years past, when people fasted, the uneaten food was given to the poor as almsgiving. In addition to being the right thing to do, it made perfect sense considering there were very limited ways in which food could be preserved for long periods of time.  With all the modern conveniences we do not have to worry about food going to waste, so for many of us, it is not even a consideration to distribute our leftovers to those less fortunate.

Always eager to learn something new, I uncovered what I believe to be a very interesting fact that I was unaware of. Many years ago, German monks made their own special Lenten food which allowed them to follow fully the Three Lenten Principles.  Thanks to these creative holy men, we now enjoy these treats year round, and thanks to the Wisdom of Three we can apply the lessons they signify.

In the early church, during the Lenten season, people refrained from meat, eggs, milk, butter, and cheese as a way of giving those foods to the poor who struggled to even taste those staples as often as once a year.   In the early 600s, these faithful monks adhering to a strict fast; created soft bread out of flour, water and salt and shaped it into crossed arms resembling a prayerful stance.  These small snack sized breads were called bracellae, a Latin word meaning “little arms”.  The German villagers translated this to what we know today as a pretzel.

So now whenever you see a pretzel, you will be mindful of the Three Lenten Principles, taught to you by long forgotten Solutionary monks:

The crossed arms of prayer provided through this meager snack of fasting allows us to give our more indulgent foods as alms to those in need.

Anthony “Tony” Boquet, Author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”.

Author: Anthony Boquet

Anthony “Tony” Boquet, a native of South Louisiana and a resident of Franklin, TN. For 37 years he has been happily married to Toni Ann. They have two children, Thomas and Tiffany and three adorable grandchildren, Madison, Blake and Tyler. His hobbies include writing and reading, playing guitar, instructing TaeKwonDo and self-defense classes in HapKiDo, and riding motorcycles. Published Author “Bloodline of Wisdom, An Awakening of a Modern Solutionary” Released through Bush Publishing. A regular contributor in the Christian Family Publications and numerous financial journals and publications He holds multiple professional credentials bestowed by The American College of Financial Services Member of: St. Philip’s Catholic Church Knights of Columbus – 4th Degree The American College Alumni Association The Society of Financial Service Professionals Graduate: Purdue University Professional Management Institute Experiences includes: Adjunct Instructor on Leadership, Ethics, and Insurance related topics Financial Planner / Estate Planner Dynamic Public Speaker Faith and Business instructor on Ethical and Moral Wisdom Board Member of various Non-Profit organizations Business leader for 34 years Expert witness in insurance related court cases He is currently a Vice President at The American College Tony is excited to be finalizing work on his second book.

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