Palanca is a Spanish word which means 'lever'. Just as a lever enables a person to move something
which is beyond their normal strength, Palanca empowers the accomplishment of things which would
not be possible without the grace of God. For man it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.
(Matt 19:26) 'When anyone takes up the work of the conversion and Christian renewal of persons and the
evangelization of human groups, it is absolutely indispensable that the entire work be built upon the
grace of God.' (Cursillo Leaders' Manual, 1981; pg 135).
What is Palanca? Palanca consists of any one or any combination of three things which are offered for the
spiritual success of a particular phase or of all phases of the Cursillo Movement. The three things are:
3. Works of Mercy.
A Palanca Letter is sent to the candidates and teams,
informing them of the prayers and sacrifices that you are offering to
God on their behalf.
A letter may be sent explaining what type of palanca is being offered,
but the letter is NOT the Palanca.
The actual Palanca is the action - intercessory prayer, sacrifice, or works of mercy,
and it can be done without writing a letter.