is an offering of Prayers and Sacrifices for the Candidates and
Teams on the Cursillo weekends....
Email your Palanca for the the upcoming Cursillo Weekends to firstname.lastname@example.org
is a powerful word and a powerful force within Cursillo. Jesus gave the
Ultimate Palanca for us on the cross. Just ask anyone who has made a weekend
and you'll hear time and time again, that palanca is the most meaningful
part of their three day experience and it's impact on their Fourth Day.
That's saying a lot, when you consider that each and every part of the
weekend is so meaningful to the unfolding journey.
is the Spanish word for LEVER. In Cursillo, the levers that lift candidates
towards God are the prayers and sacrifices made for them.
can get so caught up in the style or form, that we lose the point of what
palanca is and should be. Unfortunately, this introduction to palanca
becomes somehow stamped in the minds of the candidates and takes on a life
of its own as it is then embraced and shared with candidates on future
to the Leaders Manual false palanca falls under the guise of “nice
things” such as flowers, candy and even letters of good wishes… letters
with comments such as. “have a great time”, “wish I were with you”,
or “as I write this, I'm recalling my own weekend” etc.
better is a note that reveals prayers and sacrifices. Examples might be,
“I'll attend Mass for you during your weekend”, “I'll skip coffee and
dessert while you're there”, or “I'll rise early and recite the rosary
for you each day”.
way is to write a general letter to include not just one but all candidates
in your prayers. You may want to work with members of your permanent group
and offer this special prayerful approach for the candidates.
let's not forget the team; they're present to carry out the work of the Lord
and have spent weeks in formation to be certain true messages (not stories)
are delivered to the candidates. Palanca is needed for them as well.
When you think of palanca, think of LEVER and remember the levers of support are prayers and sacrifices. Let's all recommit to support this and in so doing, properly define the true meaning of palanca as it is passed on to future candidates.