This short talk by the visionary
Ivanka was given at Medjugorje on August 1, 2009 and concurrently
translated into six languages from Croat. Ivanka rarely gives talks to
pilgrims and lives a discreet, almost private life, close to the
village of Medjugorje. She was the first of the six visionaries to see
Our Lady at the start of the apparitions in June 1981. She has been
married for 22 years and has four children.
• I would like to greet you all with the most beautiful of greetings:
Praised be Jesus and Mary. I am so pleased to be here with you today
and even more pleased that you are ready to hear the message of Our
For 28 years I have been asking God the very same question: Why did you
choose me? I know that I was given a great grace and also I know that
at the same time I was given a great responsibility.
I have accepted this as a gift but at the same time I have been praying
all the time that God gives me strength to fulfil all the assignments
he has for me.
I lived with my family at Mostar at that time and as always, after
school, I used to come to Medjugorje. This is what happened that day on
June 24, 1981 when I saw Our Lady for the first time.
On that day, like every day, I was outside the village with Mirjana and
we were waiting for other friends to come. I do not how long we were
waiting but we got tired of that and then we started walking towards
While we were walking towards the village I was really forced by
something to look towards the hill and then I saw Our Lady. I said to
Mirjana, “Mirjana, I see Our Lady on the hill” but Mirjana said, “
Don’t tell me these foolish things.”
I followed Mirjana who was walking back to the village and then we met
Milka, the sister of the visionary Marija. Milka saw that something was
wrong with me and she asked me what happened, and I told the girls to
come back with me, that I had seen Our Lady. We went back and then all
three of us saw Our Lady. Vicka also came to us and then two boys, the
two Ivans. The apparition kept calling us but none of us dared to climb
Our Lady was four or five hundred metres away from us. She kept calling
us and emotions we felt in our heart were huge. We felt all kinds of
emotions in our heart and none of us dared to get closer to her.
Whoever we told that we saw Our Lady that evening, they did not believe
us. They told us not to tell such things. That night was the longest
night in my life. I was only 15 and I questioned myself the entire
night whether what I saw was true or not.
So the next day at the same hour we went back together to the
apparition hill. Before we saw Our Lady we saw the light, three times,
and when we finally got to her, I cannot describe that moment of
meeting with Our Lady because we felt so much love, felt so secure, so
much happiness in our hearts.
When we came to her we saw this most beautiful person, maybe 19 or 20
years of age. She had a crown of stars, white veil, greyish dress, and
she was standing on a cloud She had the most beautiful blue eyes and
long black hair.
I knew that it was the Blessed Mother You see, two months before that
day my mother had passed away. Because I knew in my heart that this was
the Blessed Virgin Mary I asked her, “Mother, where is my mother?” And
she said, “Do not worry, my child, your mother is with me.”
Our Lady told us, “Do not worry. I’ll pray with you always. I’ll come
The word spread very quickly so that on the third day people started
following us because they saw something was happening with us, so they
gave us holy water to bless the apparition. On that third day when Our
Lady came, Vicka blessed her and she said, “If you come from God, stay.
But if you do not come from God, please leave us.” And then Our Lady
smiled back at us and said, “I am the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of
On that day Our Lady gave the first public message, which was the
message of peace. As the days passed by Our Lady asked us to convert,
to fast, to do some penance, to pray and go to confession and attend
Holy Mass. These are the main messages of Our Lady of Medjugorje.
From 1981 until 1985 I received the apparitions on a daily basis.
During that period Our Lady dictated to me her biography. I wrote
everything down. She also told me the future of the world and the
future of our Church. When I have permission from Our Lady, this will
On the 7th May, 1985, I had the last daily apparition and that was the
longest apparition that I have ever had because Our Lady stayed with me
On that day Our Lady gave me the final and tenth secret and I was told
that I would not have the apparitions on a daily basis anymore, but Our
Lady promised me that she was going to appear to me once a year on June
From 1985 to today I received the apparition once every year on June
25. But at that last daily apparition I was given the greatest gift,
not just for myself but for the entire world. And because every single
human being is asking is there a life after this life on earth, I am
standing before you here today, I am standing before the entire world
and I can easily answer that question. Yes, there is a life after this
life, because by God and Our Lady I was given this great grace, that I
was able to see my late mother during that apparition time and my mom
told me: “My dear child, I’m proud of you.”
For 28 years Our Lady has been telling us which road we need to take in
our life. She is showing us the way and we have to decide which road we
are going to take in our life.
Our Lady has given a different mission to each one of us visionaries.
My mission is to pray for families. So every day I pray for families.
The last apparition I had was this year on June 25 and that apparition
lasted ten minutes and Our Lady spoke to me about the tenth secret and
she advised for all of us to become apostles of peace and to pray for
peace. Our Lady ended her message with “Peace, peace, peace.”
Let us be reminded in prayer. Let us pray for each other. Our Lady
wants us to be be in peace, not to be afraid, to know that she is there
for us all of the time.
Finally, when you leave Medjugorje I would like you to take peace and
love from Medjugorje back to your home and to your country. Thank you
all for everything.