Common Prayers


Our Father

Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name
Your Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespassing as we forgive those who trespass against us and deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. AMEN.

Hail Mary
Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death Amen.

Glory be
Glory be to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit
As it is now and ever shall l forever. Amen.

Act of Contrition

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee,and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven,and the pains of hell, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God,Who are all good and deserving of all my love.I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace,to confess my sins, to do penance, and amend my life. Amen.

Morning Offering

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You all my prayer, works, joys and sufferings of this day, for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of all of my associates, and for the general intention recommended this month by the Holy Father. Amen.

Angel of God

Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom His love entrusts me here, ever this day be at my side to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.


The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of
our death. Amen.
Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
Hail Mary . . .
And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary . . .
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.


For our grandchildren’s sake

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Please keep your mind open. Don’t let history repeat itself.  Please help make a better nation for our grandchildren.
Adam Selene Nov 2014

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Legislators and the future

While making law,  I believe it would be prudent for legislators to consider the possible impact on their grandkids.

The golden rule says to do unto others…   If a legislator makes law cognizant of the possible impact on their grandkids, and knowing that people are not perfect and do make mistakes, we will be much better off while making and enforcing law. Those much better off would include their and your grandchildren who might be the same individual. As a legislator, you and your constituents should be happier too.

It is important to also consider the motivation of the criminal. Is it a starving person stealing to eat or feed a family eg Jean Valjean 24601? Is it a young person making a mistake, or is it a first offense? Violent criminal activity is another matter,  but still compassion should be given to the victim and the miscreant. Can the miscreant be reformed, or must some kind of therapy combined with incarceration be applied?  Can the miscreant be made to make some kind of repayment to the victim and society.

I have been the victim of violent crime. The miscreants being new immigrants to our country were deported after serving their sentence.

Adam Selene October 2014

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How and What I learned (part 1)

I am the oldest of five.   I grew up in the town of Milton, Massachusetts with my Mother, Father and 4 siblings. Of course we also had a dog.

My next youngest brother and I were close when we were very young.  I recall that we were playing in the ‘playroom’ when my Parents brought my newest sibling home.  We asked if she could play with us 😉

I also recall when my youngest sibling arrived home. I came home from school and went upstairs and said hello to my newest sibling.  He later grew up to become a Navy Seal and served in the First Gulf War.  Returning from the war, he became a pharmacist, got married and came down with ALS and went from diagnosis to death in 9 months.

My Mother also grew up in Milton.   My Mother was a teacher before marrying my Father.  I recall that during my youth, my Mother was my  Den Leader. When I became a Boy Scout, my Father, his friends, and other townsmen became our Scoutmaster and assistant Scoutmasters.

My Maternal Grandparents also lived in Milton,  My Grandfather was known as Mr. Democrat.  He promoted Al Smith for President for the 1928 Presidential Election.  I introduced him in the post “Character is not Partisan”.   One thing I learned about him is that during the Great Depression,  he would hand out overcoats to men that called at his back door for a handout.  If you know the weather in New England, you may know what a lifesaver this can be.  Our saying about New England climate, is “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute”.

I have been chatting with some folks and have even parrotted what they have said about “Our kids can name all the movie stars, but can’t name the supreme court justices”.   Well, when I was a kid, I couldn’t either.   I could name “William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols,  DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Majel Barrett, Grace Lee Whitney; Groucho, Chico, Harpo , Zeppo and Karl Marx, as well as Friedrich Engels, Joseph Stalin, and  Leon Trotsky “;-)  And of course, Plato, Socrates, Julius Caesar, Buddha, Confucius, Saint Francis of Assisi,  William Shakespeare, Jesus of Nazareth, John the Baptist, Moses, Samuel Adams, John Adams, John Hancock, Ben Franklin, Sir Issac Newton, John Lennon,  Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and  Elvis Presley.  I was in love with Angela Cartwright.

For me and my contemporaries, it was a time of wonder. I really saw man walk on the moon.  

It was also a time of terror. The Cold War was stressful for all people alive during those times. For children like myself, it was terrifying.  It reminds me that “War is not healthy for children and other living things.”  I expected to either be vaporized or die in Viet Nam.  I recall when we got out of Viet Nam, that my family and I went on our knees and thanked God.  We then watched on the ‘Boob Tube’ when Saigon fell.

I recall when I had a copy of Mad Magazine with a pin-up of an American Flag with the stripes made up of Pejoratives for our fellow Americans.  My father became irate.  I knew my father had served in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict, but learned later that he served with Chappie James.  No wonder he was angry with me.

God Bless America.

Adam Selene  Oct 2014

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Nanny state

My youngest son just learned to ride his bike. He wanted to just go out a few minutes ago to explore.

I have no problem with this. Growing up in Milton Mass,  the rule was you could be out on non school nights till the streetlights came on. My wife is fearful that someone will call the police if he is out by himself. I think I’ll ask the police.

Just spoke with the watch commander. He’s okay with an 8yo old riding his bike like I am.   He wears a helmet and is learning the rules of the road.

My wife heard some news stories about people upset by seeing a child unsupervised.  That’s one example of the Nanny State.   We don’t need a nanny state. We do need a village as it takes a village to raise a child.

Adam Selene  October 2014

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4th Amendment- right of the people to be secure in their persons…

On October 2, 2014 I noted that some Sheriff deputies had a sign at the Simi Valley Metrolink station  requiring people to consent to bag searches or they wouldn’t be permitted on the platform.

Of course, no warrants.  Here’s the link to the Metrolink security policy.

I stepped on the platform at another staircase and didn’t encounter the deputies.

Our Constitution’s 4th Amendment states-

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
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Our country seems to be going downhill big time.

I was living in Boston during the 2004 Democratic convention. The powers that be had demonstrators in cages in a construction area to exercise their 1st amendment rights.  On my way home, I was sitting in a Orange Line train, and a police officer asked if he could look in my bag.  I told him “No thank you.”  When I finally got across to him, I was asked to leave the train or be arrested.

The lack of character of our police and politicians is extraordinary.

As Doctor Franklin said:
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

Our forefathers should be ashamed of us.

Adam Selene   2014
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Armed Sherrif’s Deputies Metro Stations

Why were there armed deputies with M4 files at the Union and 7th Street stations this morning, September 29, 2014? I hope they were not there to harass the homeless. I didn’t see any in the stations this morning. Are they there as a deterrent to an ISIS attack?

Image of Deputy with German Shepard

Adam Selene
September 2014


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