In the Cursillo Movement we often talk about "palancas". What does it mean?
Palanca is a Spanish word which means lever
"Give me a leaver and a fulcrum and I will lift up the Earth" - Archimedes
A lever (palanca) is a fixed body, typically a metal bar, pivoted on a fixed fulcrum used to move or lift a load.. We use a lever to overcome a resistance. A hoist (palanca) is a device used for lifting or lowering a load by means of a drum or lift-wheel around which rope or chain wraps. The load is attached to the hoist by means of a lifting hook.
In the Cursillo Movement, we use the word palanca to designate the spiritual force represented by voluntary prayers and sacrifices which are done individually or in community with the aim of obtaining the grace of conversion.
In the same way that the lever enables a person to lift something which is beyond his or her strength, the prayers and sacrifices allows the apostle to accomplish more than he or she could alone. The palancas help to overcome the resistance to grace for those for whom we pray. Palancas help to make life arise in abundance.
This is a mystery of faith. To offer a palanca is to put into practice the dogma of the Communion of Saints.
As mentioned by Pius XII in his Encyclical on the Mystical Body :
"It is really an awesome mystery, which we will never meditate enough, that the salvation of many is dependant on the voluntary prayers and sacrifices of the members of Christ’s Mystical Body". - Encyclical on the Mystical Body
All cursillistas are invited to "do palancas" especially on the occasion of cursillo weekends which are happening in their diocese.
What do we mean by "sending palancas"?
To "do palancas" is to offer prayers and sacrifices. A palanca takes place in each one’s personal inner life.
However, in the CM, cursillistas often make known their palancas in a letter to the participants of a cursillo. They also express, in that letter, their friendship and wishes for the success of the cursillo. This is what we call "sending palancas"
It is obvious that sending cards of good wishes, posters, or email are not in themselves palancas, (and that sending these words of friendships must not make us forget the essential : the palancas themselves). However, sending such a letter becomes often an occasion to offer palancas and this testimony of friendship can have much impact. Therefore at the MCFC, it is a custom which is strongly recommended.
Palanca is distributed only once, on the second day.
Please address all out of town Palanca as follows:
Grouard-McLennan Cursillo Movement
Grande Prairie, AB T8V 6W7
DO NOT send Palanca to the Rector, Rectory, Parish Office, or School.
Remember, NO gifts of any kind in Palanca!
Palanca for team or candidates who do not show up or have to leave the weekend is DESTROYED UNOPENED.
On the weekend, Palanca can be dropped off at the location of the Cursillo where a box marked “Palanca” is usually set out.
Sending palancas through Internet - E-Palanca
Since the advent of internet, sending palancas has taken different forms and dimensions.
Henceforth, through Internet, we can reach very easily and very quickly cursillos which are taking place in other dioceses. And, conversely, the candidates and members of the team of a cursillo which is taking place here can also be reached from anywhere in the world. While creating a network of prayers and sacrifices even larger, this new possibility has also the advantage of bringing to candidates, the image of universal church. They will discover that they are participating in a gathering of people in faith and charity which goes well beyond geographical borders.
E-Palanca will be printed (but not read) by our Palanca chair, and delivered to the weekend.
NOTE: Palanca for team or candidates who do not show up or have to leave is DESTROYED UNOPENED!
E-Palanca - email@example.com