This year as another sister and I held a Parish Bookfair in Raleigh, North Carolina I spoke with Jodi and Phil Tarnaski, the creators of PrayerLife. Jodi told me how they began PrayerLife and the message they hope to spread.
In the area where we live we see a lot of vinyl decals for SaltLife and LakeLife. In 2014, after seeing a number of SaltLife and LakeLife decals on car,s my husband Phil remarked, “If we did a decal ours would be called PrayerLife because our life of prayer means so much to us.” That idea stayed with us. It struck us as an important way to spread the Gospel. After I did a lot of research to make sure that no one else had a design like ours, we purchased equipment to make vinyl decals. We began sharing the decals wherever we could.
It was exciting when one day our eldest daughter told us that she drove behind a car that had a PrayerLife decal on it. That is the whole point of our creating these, to get as many people as we can to have a PrayerLife decal on their car. In order to multiply the message we incorporate PrayerLife with other messages. The PrayerLife logo with an unborn child reads “PrayerLife Pro-Life.” Another decal adds a cutout of Jesus carrying the cross that is part of the PrayerLife logo and recently we created “PrayerLife Y’all” with a cutout of the Charleston palm tree and moon.
PrayerLife means to live a life of prayer. It is a foundation we wanted to set for our children. There are many ways to pray as a family: at meal times, for special intentions, when beginning a trip. Our family prays the Rosary together at least once a week. I also make rosaries with photos of loved ones in the centerpiece. These are a special way to remember someone and can be given to a person going through loss. It is also a means of evangelization. When people see my mom’s photo in the centerpiece of the rosary they ask why. This gives me an opportunity to explain the Rosary prayer. I also explain that PrayerLife is from birth to death and beyond. Pray always is the message of PrayerLife.
PrayerLife can be found on t-shirts, hot/cold cups, wrist-bands and more. The sisters at Pauline Books & Media have a display of PrayerLife items in their Charleston Center. They also bring the PrayerLife wrist bands to schools for presentations on prayer with their JClub Catholic Bookfairs. We are able to bring our supplies to parish festivals and as we visit people in our travels. We hope this becomes even more popular than SaltLife and LakeLife because PrayerLife leads us to a deeper relationship with God, the giver and sustainer of our life.
To order your PrayerLife decals e-mail Jodi at APrayerLife14@gmail.com or call the Pauline Books & Media Center in Charleston 843-577-0175.
Copyright 2018 Sr. Margaret Kerry, fsp