'Oprah'-fame Irishwoman Lorna Byrne 'talks to angels'
Mystic in blockbuster deal for self-help angel book
“I also heard my neighbor tell my mother when I was a girl that I was lucky I wasn’t in an institution. All that made me keep the secret.”
Some might wonder if all the enforced isolation might have had something to do with the sudden appearance of angels in Byrne’s childhood, but she denies this. They’re as real as you and I, she insists.
“Back then in Ireland if a child was slow they were marked for the rest of their life. So they wouldn’t include me in anything,” she says.
“But you have to remember I had the greatest playmates ever. They’re they best teachers in the world. Everything I know they taught me.”
Byrne’s book was the subject of a bidding war in the U.S., where it is expected to be a bestseller. Yet the irony is that Byrne herself has dyslexia and cannot read or write well. She recorded her words on to a voice-activated computer, which was later transcribed.
Regardless of how she produced it, you can’t begrudge her the success now – she’s had a hard life, growing up in near poverty in the grim Ballymun and Edenmore council estates in Dublin, then losing her husband Joe early on in life, and living off a widow’s pension that barely kept her family fed and clothed.
So the book isn’t all joy and light, far from it. Nor is it a book of predictions about what’s to come.
“I don’t go out and tell fortunes. It’s not that I don’t know, I just don’t call myself a psychic. Sometimes the angels do tell me things that will happen, but I don’t make predictions or anything like that,” she says.
A more typical example of the help that Byrne gives to people can be found in the help she gave to a childless woman who came to see her.
“She couldn’t have children, but she and her husband desperately wanted to. The doctors ran tests but could find nothing wrong with her. So in her desperation she came to see me,” Byrne recalls.
“She was terrified, she said, because she thought I was a fortune teller, a quack. But her guardian angel told me she would have three children, but that she had a hormone imbalance. I told her to get it checked out, and when she did her issue was resolved. Now she has her three children. She wrote to thank me for my help.”
Byrne can have a clear premonition relating to a person’s imminent death, but she says she would never reveal what she knows.
“I would never tell anyone because that person still has their life to live. If a person comes to me with cancer, for example, I would pray for a remission, and it would be granted sometimes, and I would tell them to live life to the full. One thing that the angels have told me is that I’m dealing with people’s emotions and to be very careful.”
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