A FEW WORD ABOUT OUR JOURNEY OF FAITH
For thirty years Ulf has been the pastor of Livets Ord (Word of Life), a Charismatic church in Uppsala, Sweden. 2002 -2005 we were sent by our church to live in Jerusalem to start a study centre there, lead pilgrimages and also to continue travelling worldwide. It was in Jerusalem that we really began to meet and get to know Catholics. This was new to us, but a very inspiring experience. We were challenged by their joy and fervent love for Jesus Christ. Christian unity had become more and more vital to us and it was not possible to deal with this question without relating also to the Catholic Church.
In this process we had to confront our own lack of knowledge concerning the Catholic Church and also all the prejudices we harboured. This was a voyage of discovery and it revealed shortcomings and deficiencies in our perception of the C.C. But this discovery also brought good fruit in our lives.
The more we studied, visited Catholic places and met Catholic Christian brothers and sisters, the more we realized that the Catholic Church had what we were looking for.
Here we found the continuity from Jesus and the Apostles. We saw how authentically the Gospel and its teaching had been preserved. There is also the authentic authority in questions concerning doctrine and finally a sacramental life that is rich and deep.
The realization that the Church is God’s instrument, a carrier of that grace that we all need, was liberating and decisive to us.
We have written about this in our new book that we hope to publish in English in the coming year.