Heart Meditation

Posted by Addie Woods

December 4, 2021

Heart Meditation

By Chris Kunze, SCN

Part of the Toolbox for Prayer series

This Toolbox for Prayer post is a video from Sister Chris Kunze. Sister Chris provides the opportunity to reflect on the idea that there is no greater gift you can offer, that the energy of an open heart. An open heart has the qualities of unconditional love, a healing presence, innate harmony, and compassion. Opening our hearts to these qualities allows for joy filled service to be possible.

Chris Kunze, SCN, has been a member of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth for 18 years. She grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and
currently lives in Louisville, Kentucky. Currently she is involved in vocation ministry and accompanying others as they discern God’s direction in their lives. She has a background in nursing, is a certified healing touch practitioner and has just begun to delve into the wonders of video creation.

Want to read more from the Toolbox for Prayer series? Click the links below.

Feast of St. Louise de Marillac – May 9

The Sisters of Charity Federation shares this link to a prayer service for the Feast of St. Louise de Marillac on May 9. Special thanks to Sister Mary Ann Daly, SC, who prepared the litany.

Celebration of Light and Forgiveness

During the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, the Sisters of Charity celebrated the sacrament of Reconciliation. It truly was a celebration of light and forgiveness!

Using Inclusive Language and Feminine Images of God in Prayer

We all know that God is spirit and as such has no sex or gender. Unfortunately, language is too limited to describe an infinite, transcendent, non-human God with whom we desire to have a“personal” relationship. We can only talk about God in metaphors, knowing that we will never fully be able to describe God.

While male metaphors for God abound in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), there are female metaphors to help offset an overly male God view.

Healing Through Generosity

Explore how the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth counter society’s attempt to exorcize the fear of death through the accumulation of goods, embodying generosity and faith as powerful tools for healing the world.

Foundation Day: Celebrating 200 Years at Nazareth, 75 Years in India

VIDEO: A virtual prayer service was held on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, in recognition of Foundation Day and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth’s 200 years at Nazareth and 75 years in India.

Creating a Toolbox for Prayer

Vipassana means “to see things as they really are.” It is one of India’s most ancient meditation techniques rediscovered 2500 years ago by Gotama the Buddha, and is the essence of what he practiced and taught.

The Rhythm of Contemplation

Rhythm is known as the repeated patterns of movement or sound while contemplation is known as deep reflective thoughts that form who we are as a person. We each have a rhythm of life and how we contemplate. The rhythm of who we are flows out of us every day. As I stop to contemplate, I have come to realize that my way of contemplation is a rhythm of loving.

Famvin presents: Vincentian Spirituality

In preparation for Christmas, Famvin Systemic Change Commission invites you to a weekly offering of Advent Reflections.

See No Stranger

This Toolbox for Prayer post is a video from Sister Chris Kunze. Sister Chris encourages us all to let our light shine and “see no stranger”. We must look beyond ones outward appearance, and instead see them as a sister or brother that we do not yet know. This allows us to open ourselves up to the possibility of connection, let go of the impulse to view others as different, and enables us to pay attention to others stories.

Using Prose as a Stepping Stone into my Prayer Time with God

I often use my prose that I produce as a creative writer, as a stepping-stone into my prayer time with God.


  1. Eleanor Martin, SCN

    Thank you Chris for a perfect ending to what has been a grace filled week.

  2. Janice Downs, SCN

    Chris, thank you for this beautiful sharing. It was so appropriate after our Constitutions retreat these past few days.

  3. Amelia

    This was awesome Chris. Loved it. So soothing and comforting. Thank you friend. God bless you.

  4. Mary Margaret Nirmala

    Thank you, Chris. It was one unifying experience with reality. Your voice was amazing.


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