Loss and Gain

Loss and Gain

Loss and Gain, the first novel of Saint John Henry Newman, tells the story of a young Oxford student, Charles Reding. Being a member of the Anglican Church, he has to study the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion in order to graduate. Doubts arise in his heart, as he would be willing to submit to the authority of the Church on issues that seem difficult, and the conversion to Catholicism of his dear friend, Willis, trouble him.

After many weeks of struggle, after discussions with colleagues, friends and people of different denominations and religious views, he begins to look towards the Catholic Church. The last pages of the novel describe his entrance in the Catholic Church and the Passionist Order, where he finds his friend, Willis.

Following his conversion, Charles loses the benevolence of his family and friends, but gains a far better Brother and Friend that will grant him the visio beatifica, the happiest state of any soul.


  • Author: Saint John Henry Newman (1801 – 1890)
  • Original title: Loss and Gain
  • Original language: English
  • Genre: Novel
  • The period of creation: ~ 1845 – 1847
  • Publication year: 1848
  • Public: Adults
Loss and Gain