SYMBOLON: Knowing the faith and living it

In October this year, St Peter’s Church in Padungan embarked on SYMBOLON. The parish subscribed to the digital platform where the programme materials are made available online. One can also purchase the entire set of DVDs in two packs.

Dec 11, 2014

By Caroline Soon
In October this year, St Peter’s Church in Padungan embarked on SYMBOLON. The parish subscribed to the digital platform where the programme materials are made available online. One can also purchase the entire set of DVDs in two packs. These were rolled out simultaneously and the testimonies that have been shared thus far have been nothing but encouraging.

SYMBOLON is beautifully crafted, with its state of the art video presentation shot at strategic locations symbolic of the Catholic Church. Dr Edward Sri, an author, speaker and theologian leads this team of teachers to provide a clear and thorough explanation of the faith, for people to live it more deeply. There are two parts to Symbolon.

Part 1: Knowing the Faith: Knowing the Faith will take you through the Creed, or statement of beliefs that Catholics all around the world profess at Mass. Filmed on location in Rome, the Holy Land, Calcutta, and in the Augustine Institute studios in Denver, Symbolon is not just about an intellectual understanding of Catholicism. It is about a journey of faith, discovery, and friendship with Christ that will make a lasting impression on our lives.

Part 2: Living the Faith: This shows how Christ works through the sacraments and liturgy to apply the fruits of Christ’s salvation and redemption to our lives. One can also explore how to live out the Christian life through a Catholic moral vision — how Christ desires for us to live fully human lives through grace, the virtues, and true freedom in Christ.

I was first introduced to the digital platform by a friend from Kuching. He gave me a link to the parish website to register as a guest where I could study my faith online.

SYMBOLON makes the jigsaw fit perfectly. Though we have just completed the first part of Knowing the Faith in ten sessions, it is helping hundreds of Catholics like me, to know our belief, live it and articulate it to others. Fr Vincent and his team set up LINE APP, an online application and invited guests like us to share what we had learnt from the online sessions.

I am so looking forward to meeting my online friends to continue Part II of Living the Faith and I know I am in for a spirit-filled pilgrim journey.

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