In this classic work of apologetics, Monsignor Vernon Johnson, a former Anglican minister and Catholic convert through encountering the life and writings of St. Therese of Lisieux, presents a systematic and clear treatment based on solid Scriptural evidence for the case that there is only "one Lord, one faith and one baptism."
A very well-regarded and happy Anglican clergyman in England, Johnson had no interest in, and was indeed very prejudiced against, the Roman Catholic Church. But on a chance side visit to the Carmel of Lisieux during a trip to France, Johnson had a totally unexpected, powerful, and life-changing encounter with the person and story of St. Therese, who had lived and died at that monastery. The witness of her life of deep holiness and love for Christ was something that was so inspiring that it caused Johnson to begin re-assessing the teachings and doctrines of the Catholic Church.
After much research and study, and prayer, Johnson became convinced of the claims of the Catholic Church to be, as he says, "the one true Church founded by Jesus Christ to guard and teach the truth to all men until the end of time". Nevertheless, he struggled greatly and suffered much over leaving his beloved church and many parishoners to become a Roman Catholic. This work of apologetics was written to explain to the many friends and followers of Johnson how and why he came to the decision to become a Catholic. The book became a best-seller and is considered a classic work of apologetics.
What makes this work especially attractive is that Johnson uses mainly evidence from Sacred Scripture to present the case for the Catholic Church. His thorough and lucid documentation from Sacred Scripture presents a compelling biblically based argument for the authenticity of the Roman Catholic Church.
"I could not put this book down. It is the most readable defense of the Church's unity and authority I have ever encountered. Some tales are timeless, fresh as tomorrow's news. This is one of those. When those tales are both true and important – as this one is – it is an irresistible bonus. You will enjoy reading it, and immediately want to share it with a friend in need of its message." — David Currie, author of Born Fundementalist, Born Again Catholic
There are thousands of Protestants converting to the Catholic Church and their stories are rich and exciting. But this influx of converts is not new. The Church has always experienced the flow of bright and honest converts. Msgr. Vernon Jordan was such a convert a century ago, but it is powerful for our modern times. His story is a heartfelt saga of discovery, rich with Scripture. In an age of doubt and Modernism Jordan found the age-old truth and beauty of the Catholic Church. His story is intelligent, readable and it reaffirms what so many have discovered—the one Lord and one Faith in the Catholic Church." — Steve Ray, author of Crossing the Tiber
"Vernon Johnson's story proves once again Chesterton's dictum that you cannot be fair to the Catholic Church – you are either for it or against it. Johnson describes how he tried to make an unbiased' study of the Church, and how – almost against all his desires - he ended up completely embracing the Catholic faith. His encounter with the supernatural reality of the Church when he visited Lisieux and his exposition of the Scriptural basis for Catholic doctrines make this book especially worth reading." — Dale Ahlquist , Author, Common Sense 101: Lessons from G.K. Chesterton, Publisher, Gilbert Magazine
Msgr. Vernon Johnson, a convert from Anglicanism who credits the life and powerful intercession of St. Thérèse for his conversion, became an apostle and teacher of her Little Way. Through his apostolate to priests called the Association of the Priests of St. Thérèse, a newsletter he edited, and numerous retreats he gave based on Thérèsian spirituality, he influenced countless souls with her teaching. His conversion story is told at the end of this book.