Angel of Peace and Hope by Harry Clarke (1919). Stained glass window from Holy Trinity Church, Killiney, Co Dublin, Ireland. Photo: Fionnbar Callanan
©Lorna Byne from Message of Hope from the Angels by Lorna Byrne published by Atria Book
‘The Angel of Hope is a beacon of light in all our lives. He helps to keep the light of hope burning inside of us all of throughout our lives,’ the angel told me. ‘Hope plays an enormous part in everyone’s life. Hope makes the impossible possible.’
I was about twelve years old when an angel told me this.
I have been seeing and talking with angels since I was a little baby. I see angels every day and I see them physically as I see someone sitting in front of me. Angels are my friends and companions and I talk with them all the time, sometimes using words and sometimes without words. I have no idea why I should be able to see angels and you don’t. I’m just an ordinary person.
I had seen the Angel of Hope previously, but this day when I was twelve was the first time that I learnt who this particular angel was and how he helps us.
The Angel of Hope doesn’t look like any other angel I have ever seen. He looks like a massive flame. Within this very bright flame I am shown a faint human appearance, which is masculine, and a beautiful dazzling emerald green colour, holding a torch – like an Olympic flame. The brightness of the Angel of Hope looks different to any other angel; I think this is because it’s a light within a light.
The Angel of Hope is enormous, the height of a mature tree. When I see him he always seems to be very far away from me. So he should then look small, but he’s always massive. It’s quite strange – it’s as if he’s very far away but right in front of me at the same time, hard as that is to explain.
He seems to be forever moving, turning back constantly to encourage whoever he is leading at the time with a gentle smile. His expression is one of love and encouragement.
Lately I have been seeing the Angel of Hope a lot more than I would have previously. I probably see him every day. People seem to be needing hope so much at this time.
All those years ago, the angel showed me a vision of the Angel of Hope at work, so that I could understand more about him. I was shown the Angel of Hope guiding soldiers through a trench battlefield. I have no idea what nationality the soldiers were. I was shown one particular soldier crawling exhausted through the mud. I could see he was injured. The Angel of Hope was moving in front of him, constantly beckoning him forward. I was allowed to see through the soldier’s eyes. The soldier could not see the Angel of Hope, but he saw a light and within this light the soldier could see those he loved – his wife and young children, his elderly parents. The Angel of Hope was giving him the strength to stay alive, encouraging him not to give up, by giving him hope of a reunion with the family he loved.
‘Do you understand, Lorna?’ the angel said. ‘The Angel of Hope can’t stop the war, heal this soldier or rescue him, but he can give him the strength to make it to where he can be rescued.’ The angel smiled at me and continued. ‘That soldier died in his bed many years later.’ I was so pleased with this news. The love that the young soldier had for his family was very beautiful.
Whenever things have been difficult for me and my family I see the Angel of Hope there, trying to give me encouragement. This is in addition to my guardian angel and the other angels who will be around me helping.
I remember one particular period – being very stressed and worried about whether my husband Joe would get a job. He had been sick for a long time and off work but was now well enough to work. This was the 1980s in Ireland though: things were tough and jobs were hard to find. We had three children to feed and I used to worry desperately. I kept on seeing the Angel of Hope, in the distance, turning towards me and smiling in encouragement. He kept the hope burning inside of me that Joe would eventually be successful in getting one of the jobs that he had applied for. It was quite a while before he did, and I was almost despairing – but not quite. Seeing the Angel of Hope kept me going throughout this difficult period and helped me in giving encouragement and support to Joe. Joe was eventually successful in finding employment.
The importance of hope should never be underestimated. With hope in our heart we can do so much.