Here are some frequently asked questions about Cursillo

What is Palanca?

PrayerIn 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.

To offer a palanca is to put into practice the dogma of the Communion of Saints.

What is an Ultreya?


“Ultreya” is a Spanish word, derived from the original Latin, meaning Onward!   It was in common use by pilgrims to greet and to encourage one another along the way.

This word is now used by the Cursillo community to signify the meeting which is held after a Cursillo experience. This meeting may be between Cursillistas from one or several commmunities.

The Ultreya gathers together groups from a particular region and provides continuity by contributing to the maintenance of the Cursillo spirit and by revealing the reality of the living Church.

In a climate of friendship, members share their life experiences based on the three tenets of Cursillo life: i.e.: Prayer, Study and Action, or based on a passage from Scripture. This sharing can be contemplative in nature or may deal with an evangelizing experience. These sharings from real-life experiences, serve as examples to all of us of the challenge which Jesus lays before His followers: “Go and do likewise.”

As its name implies, the Ultreya, (which is, in many communities of the MCFC, a weekly meeting) is a call to move forward and to keep the flame of the Cursillo burning brightly.

What does DeColores mean?

De Colores is a Spanish expression which means in colours. If there are sad moments in life, there are also others when we see everything in colour. This is the case of a person who discovers that he or she is loved by the very person that he or she loves. For lovers, everyday life loses its sadness, the sun shines, life is beautiful, and we see it through rose-coloured spectacles.

In the same way, the realization that we are being loved by God in a way that is unparalleled and unconditional, creates in our inner self, a feeling which is like an incredible rainbow. After this experience, life is not the same; we have a new vision of the world, we act differently and we discover, in the Christian community, the many faces of Christ.

Indeed, as the prism decomposes white light in a scale of various colours, so do those who are around us.  Everyone of us has a different colour, each one reflects an aspect of Christ.

The “De Colores” calls forth this joy caused by the discovery of God’s love and the presence of Christ in ourselves and in others.

What is a Group Reunion?

The Group Reunion is a small group (3 to 6) of Cursillo friends that meet on a regular basis. The purpose of this meeting is to share with one another the growth that has taken place within each of them,  to deepen their friendship, to help one another to live according to the Gospel and to bring a Christ-like attitude to their environments.

This meeting of friends are at the core of the Cursillo Movement.  From the very beginning the founders of the CM perceived in the Group Reunion the means  “to create and sustain small nuclei (groups) of Christians who act as leaven for the Gospel in their environments”.

As we make attempts to bring Christ into our various environments, we will sometimes become frustrated. The Group Reunion provides the continual support we need in order to persevere as a part of God’s plan.

To help spread the Kingdom, there is nothing which can compare to the sharing of God’s graces among friends.