December 24th, 2012
11:23 AM ET

Author Lorna Byrne: I see angels

By Stephen Walsh, CNN

Are there really angels among us? Lorna Byrne claims she’s been able to see angels since she was a child. The Irish-born author of the international best-seller “Angels in My Hair” says guardian angels watch over believers and nonbelievers alike all the time.

So what exactly is an angel? The word angel is derived from the Greek angelos, which means "messenger." The Hebrew word malak has the same meaning. Christian theology teaches that angels are pure spirits created by God who carry out his will on Earth.

Byrne told CNN’s Dana Bash that she sees a multitude of angels that only appear around Christmastime. Watch the video to hear her describe what they look like and hear her advice to skeptics.

What do you think? Are angels real? Leave your comments below.


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  1. lol??

    "1Cr 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?"

    December 26, 2012 at 11:51 am |
  2. the AnViL

    seasons greetings!

    there are precisely zero angels.

    people who claim to see angels are delusional. remember kids – if you're delusional that means you're out of touch with reality.

    ho ho ho!

    December 26, 2012 at 9:43 am |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      But if you spend long enough time, you CAN count the number of angels dancing on a pinhead ( the delusional religious one 😉

      December 26, 2012 at 11:12 am |
  3. 2357

    Angels write the object-oriented code in every DNA, RNA, bits of Junk DNA that activate the standard set. Thus is how God can cause a virgin to produce an egg that is fertilized. Gabriel could have told Mary "Behold, I've just recompiled the genomic sequence on one of your ova", but then the meaning would have utterly escaped her.

    December 26, 2012 at 9:34 am |
    • sam stone

      well, you settled that, numbers

      December 26, 2012 at 9:36 am |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Angels fly out of your ass and type your posts for you....I saw it in a vision....I now believe in delusion.

      December 26, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • Damocles

      You must be taking one of those over the internet classes on how to be insane.

      December 26, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
  4. Ann

    Honestly, I agree with "Possibility of Others" above. A fair number of people claim to see similar illusions. Of course, they may just be interpreting misfiring neurons into a context that they might expect – like, the "white light." They experience misfirings of optical nerves, and make sense of it in their minds by picturing the entrance to the afterlife. By the time they fully wake up, it's like trying to remember and make sense of a dream.

    On the other hand, it would be arrogant to assume we're the only form of life in the universe. At the risk of getting too star-trekky, maybe there are beings that are sharing this planet with us, but have a form we can only see occasionally. I'm no physicist, so I have no idea.

    Basically, I think it's possible these folks are seeing SOMETHING – internal or external. It's just that there's no reason to assume what they are seeing is something from the bible. That's quite a leap of logic.

    December 26, 2012 at 9:06 am |
  5. Possibility of "others"

    Also, for your reading enjoyment...Proof of the flying spaghetti monster...


    December 26, 2012 at 8:13 am |
  6. Possibility of "others"

    I wouldn't use the word "angels" but I think aliens are possible. (Not that there is evidence to support them so far)...but possible none the less. Why would humans be the only creature in any galaxy or universe? Do I think they'd be a human/avian hybrid..no.

    December 26, 2012 at 7:55 am |
    • New Alias

      Scientologists would like to recruit you.
      If you have the cash-

      December 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  7. 2357

    A narwhal is a mythical, magical creature. It looks like some weird unicorn-of-the-sea, it really shouldn't exist for real. A hundred years after their extinction, when all knowledge is formatted on digital apparitions projected into the sensory cortex, there will be articles such as "narwhals, platypuses, and atheists, did they really exist?"

    December 26, 2012 at 7:49 am |
    • WASP

      @numbers: and once islam defeats the evils of the christian oppressers you will find your "holy book" in the fiction section of an abandoned old library seeing everyone else will be busy praising the great and all mighty ALLAH.


      December 26, 2012 at 8:08 am |
  8. Rev Dr Felix Nwosu


    December 26, 2012 at 3:58 am |
    • sam stone

      There are lots of things in the bible that are absurd. Angels are not any different

      December 26, 2012 at 4:48 am |
  9. lol??

    Noe have any children that could jive?........ http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=VcZ1kMiD-eI

    December 26, 2012 at 12:22 am |
  10. lol??

    Southwestern catholic music from da commies!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pl6f_XwMhMM

    December 25, 2012 at 11:41 pm |
  11. Reality

    To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    December 25, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
  12. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    I don't need no stinking angel. I talk directly to God in my head !

    December 25, 2012 at 10:42 pm |

    • Rikki, don't lose that number
      You don't wanna call nobody else
      Send it off in a letter to yourself
      Rikki, don't lose that number
      It's the only one you own
      You might use it if you feel better
      When you get home

      December 25, 2012 at 10:46 pm |
  13. Mohammad A Dar

    I saw flying Angles long time back too, hit my head on low profile steel beam, it was painful accident but if we think of positive side of it guys.....I saw the tiny flying angles circling around my head, laughing !!!

    December 25, 2012 at 10:40 pm |
  14. AtheistSteve

    I see dumb people...

    December 25, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
    • lol??

      sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. Unless those words come from da killa court, SCOTUS!

      December 25, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
    • lol??

      da child in da womb is dumb. his fault.

      December 25, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
    • Bored and off today

      Finest philisophical debate I've ever seen between you both.

      December 26, 2012 at 7:32 am |
  15. Observer

    I got really sick once and had a seizure, had nightmares for months about them. I can't stand to look at pictures of them. I don't think they are real but I've never had such awful dreams in my whole life.

    December 25, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      A lot of people who grew up on The Wizard of Oz have a thing about flying monkeys. That's kind of the same thing, isn't it?

      December 25, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
    • tallulah13

      My dad was terrified of the flying monkey when he was a little boy.

      December 25, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
    • lol??

      Well dudette, you are fearful..."Rev 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and wh ore m o ngers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."

      December 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      lol??, you should have read that one after you'd overcome the monkeys. Too much for your young mind to handle.

      December 25, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
    • sam stone

      lol??: your god is an impotent vindictive cvnt, and so are you.

      December 25, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
    • New Alias

      So ... are angles just fling monkeys?
      Or are the flying monkeys angles?

      December 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • 90 Degree Mason

      New Alias
      "are the flying monkeys angles"

      A right (wing) angle?

      December 26, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  16. v2787

    Anyone who claims to see otherwise-invisible spiritual creatures is either lying or hallucinating. I get so tired of people saying that they "heard the voice of God" or that they "saw angels" or that they somehow had a mystical experience like that. It's all garbage. And for those who truly believe: just because something unexplainable may have happened to you, it doesn't mean it's supernatural. It just means there's no explanation for it–yet. The universe doesn't operate like that. I'm not sure which is worse: people who claim to see or hear supernatural beings or those who believe them. Either way, it's all a bunch of hogwash.

    December 25, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      To generalize your observation, anyone who believes in any supernatural being is delusional (mentally ill), lying or both.

      December 25, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
    • lol??

      Big on hogwash? "Mar 5:15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid."...........fraidy cats, meow, wow

      December 25, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      Well, that certainly clears things up – not! Anyone have a secret decoder ring for lol??'s drivel.

      December 25, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Hey, lol? If you want to be taken seriously, prove your god exists, then prove that the bible is his word. Otherwise, your just quoting fiction.

      December 25, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
  17. lol??

    "Luk 22:3 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired [to have] you, that he may sift [you] as wheat:" Look at americult's people who have ALREADY been sifted.

    December 25, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      Ah, nothing like Bullsh!t from The Babble. . .

      December 25, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
    • sam stone

      pull the babble out of your rectum, lol??

      December 25, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Whatever, sparky. I'll worry in the unlikely event that you prove your god actually exists.

      December 25, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
  18. lol??

    "What do you think? Are angels real? Leave your comments below."....Standard Christian Doctrine.....""angels"
    occurs 94 times in 92 verses in the KJV "

    December 25, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • Observer

      No. I don't think they are real. Though the idea creeps me out sort of, I had a lot of bad dreams about them.

      December 25, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
    • 2357

      Angels are not unique to Christianity. In fact they are a much more important aspect of Judaism, by far. Angels are inseparably ingrained into the history of the Jews since Abraham himself. And if you consider that science and technology are mere reverse-engineering of angelic faculties employed in Creation, it's no wonder Jewish minds have been so integral in the respective arenas. I sometimes wonder what they're untangling now...

      December 25, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Their pitchers and catchers report in about a month and a half.

      December 25, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
    • tallulah13

      I believe in Hell's Angels, Charlie's Angels and the California Angels. I don't believe in the supernatural creatures called angels, but then I don't believe in unicorns or fairies, either.

      December 26, 2012 at 2:12 am |
    • WASP

      the valkaries in norse mythology were their version of angels. they would visit wounded or dying soldiers on the battlefield and escort the worthy to vahalla.

      December 26, 2012 at 7:47 am |
  19. 2357

    Angels appear often to the dying. I think Steve Jobs saw one or more at the moment of death. His sister heard him say
    "oh wow, oh wow, o h w o w"________

    December 25, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      When I was near death I saw Theodore Roosevelt in a clown suit walking on a precipice with a small dog.

      December 25, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
    • tallulah13

      What a load of b.s. You have no idea what Steve Jobs experienced in the last moments of his life.

      December 25, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • 2357

      If Steve Jobs saw nothing...he would have said nothing. He saw something marvelous, perhaps terrifying. I know he saw something. Many people do, at the time when the brain explodes with neural discharge. One could argue that the neural activity causes the spirit visions. One could just as well argue the converse. But you won't really know until you get there.

      December 25, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      I detect reasoning in your words, 2357. "If Steve Jobs saw nothing...he would have said nothing.." So you, 2357. Why did you say something?

      December 25, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
    • Akira

      Do you have any idea of how sick Steve Jobs was?
      So he said “oh wow, oh wow, o h w o w”...he could just have easily "seen" Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch dancing the pole.

      December 25, 2012 at 10:39 pm |
    • 2357

      About two months ago a relative died of cancer. I asked about his last moment, whether he said anything. I was told he startled in the middle of the night and said "Jesus, oh Lord!" Apparently he saw something. Some One, rather. Ghosts are creepy, sure, but the Holy Ghost haunts all of humanity into all eternity.

      December 25, 2012 at 10:52 pm |
    • Akira

      When your dead relative actually comes back to tell you about it, then I might take you seriously...until then, not so much.
      I don't believe a damn word you just said about your dead relative. If this story was true, you would have brought up that story first. Cut your bullsh!t.

      December 26, 2012 at 12:05 am |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      My mom said that when she hit her shin on the coffee table....I had no idea it was a religious experience....good to know.

      December 26, 2012 at 12:43 am |
    • 2357

      I visited him and held his hand, 2 weeks before he passed. It's apparent to me that you've never seen real death. It's important to see real death happen, even at a young age.

      December 26, 2012 at 1:10 am |
    • mama k

      Steve probably had a sudden thought of a new feature that he would have loved to have been able to see in the next generation iPad.

      December 26, 2012 at 1:17 am |
    • 2357


      December 26, 2012 at 1:34 am |
    • tallulah13

      2357, you have no idea what Steve Jobs saw or thought at the moment of his death. You are simply making up stories to support your belief. You do understand that that is actually lying, don't you? Isn't lying proscribed by the very god you claim to worship?

      December 26, 2012 at 2:10 am |
    • 2357

      Sure. It's also possible that he felt something, or heard something or smelled something. He very well might have seen nothing at all. Agreed.

      December 26, 2012 at 7:34 am |
    • WASP

      @numbers: ". It's important to see real death happen, even at a young age."

      i can only reply to that with.................................. YOU ARE ONE SICK PUPPY AND SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED AROUND CHILDREN.

      December 26, 2012 at 7:43 am |
  20. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayers work ! ( I am baaaaaaaacccccck 😉

    December 25, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • S Kopfter

      "I recognized your foul stench when I was brought on board." – Princess Leia

      December 25, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
    • Mrs. Pepperpot

      You were starting to worry me...you were sounding almost...not bot-like.

      December 25, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
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