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By Stephen Beale, Catholic Exchange, Sept. 20, 2021

Stephen Beale is a freelance writer based in Providence, Rhode Island. Raised as an evangelical Protestant, he is a convert to Catholicism. He is a former news editor at and was a correspondent for the New Hampshire Union Leader, where he covered the 2008 presidential primary.


Cloaked in a cloud, with a face as bright as the sun and feet of fire, he saw the angel descending from heaven. The voice of the angel was as a roaring lion. He was so large that one foot rested on the sea while the other touched the land.

In his hand was a small scroll:

Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me again and said, “Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.”

So I went up to the angel and told him to give me the small scroll. He said to me, “Take and swallow it. It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will taste as sweet as honey.” I took the small scroll from the angel’s hand and swallowed it. In my mouth it was like sweet honey, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour (Revelation 10:8-10). …