Yesterday one of my colleagues who I got to meet in person very recently, sent me an email, ‘Good evening Wendy and my blessings for this New Year. With your upcoming surgery on 14 January I will Palanca for you all day.’ Marg is a woman of devotion and this a gift of love, connection and care. However, I had never heard of the act of Palanca.
The Christian organisation, CumChristo, write, ‘A palanca letter is written to lift up, support, and encourage a friend or family member. Usually given while on a religious retreat or mission, palanca letters can also be sent to someone in prison. Whoever the recipient, they are incredibly emotional and uplifting for both the recipient and writer. Palanca letters are not terribly lengthy and are always spiritually uplifting. Palanca is not the note, but the sacrifice and prayer itself. The note is just the messenger — though it should be encouraging. Writing an encouraging note without sacrifice and/or prayer is not palanca, but just an encouraging note.”
From what I understand, a Palanca letter is an expression of spirituality or religious in nature.
Launch writes, “Many recipients hold onto their Palanca letters forever, referring back to them in times of discouragement or anxiety. Even though you are writing to a person today supporting your recipient’s current journey, your words may be as important or even more so at future points in their life. While writing the letter, you should keep in mind how impactful and helpful your words can be to someone at a low point in their life.”