New today: An Iraq veteran’s moral injury, Gerald Mast reviews Edwin Battistella, old prayers for a new year

January 1, 2015

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 148; Proverbs 1:1-7James 3:13-18

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Johann Konrad Wilhelm Löhe (Lutheran calendar), Vedanayagam Samuel Azariah (Episcopal calendar), Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen (Catholic calendar), William Smyth, Domenico Zipoli, Sabine Baring-Gould

New today from the Century

The war within, by Michael Yandell. In Iraq, my perception of good and evil began to erode. What I lost was a world that made moral sense.

Gerald Mast reviews Edwin Battistella’s book Sorry About That. In this anecdotal study of public apology, Edwin Battistella shows that our anxieties and confusions about confession are rooted in a deeper ambiguity: the tension between the culpable self and the apologetic self.

Old prayers for the new year, by Edward J. Blum and Kate Bowler. We asked our favorite historians and writers to share prayers from the past that could serve as guides for our present.


Open to a new year and new possibilities with God, by Drew G. I. Hart. This Old Order seems to have staying power. But of course that is not the whole story. God is actively present in the world. The Holy Spirit stays busy.

Busy, or full? by Beth Merrill Neel. To say that I am busy puts the focus on just me. I am busy with administrivia and details because no one else can pay attention to them quite the way I can (which is untrue).


The year's most-read Century book reviews and posts by the Century editors and guest bloggers.

The farm wife muses upon her Miracle Tree,” a poem by Shari Wagner.

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