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St. Teresa of Avila, 16th century intellectual nun and writer, is the patron saint of the game of chess and of chess players. She used chess as a metaphor for seeking God:

"...But contemplation, daughters, is another matter. This is an error which we all make: if a person gets so far as to spend a short time each day in thinking about his sins, as he is bound to do if he is a Christian in anything more than name, people at once call him a great contemplative; and then they expect him to have the rare virtues which a great contemplative is bound to possess; he may even think he has them himself, but he will be quite wrong. In his early stages he did not even know how to set out the chess-board, and thought that, in order to give checkmate, it would be enough to be able to recognize the pieces. But that is impossible, for this King does not allow Himself to be taken except by one who surrenders wholly to Him."

She also wrote this:

"Christ has no body now, but yours.
No hands, no feet on earth, but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which
Christ looks compassion into the world.
Yours are the feet
with which Christ walks to do good.
Yours are the hands
with which Christ blesses the world."


This listing is for an archival print of the original acrylic painting on canvas I made for my son, a lover of chess. St. Teresa of Avila is shown with a super cool vintage Russian chess clock, a knight in each hand and a queen's crown on her head with three jewels representing the Holy Trinity.

The image size is approximately 4"x4" and comes with a white border.

Play on!

St. Teresa of Avila, Patron Saint of Chess Players

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