Teresa of Avila, also known as Saint Teresa of Jesus was born on 28th March 1515 in Avila, Spain. She is well known for being a nun and a writer. She dedicated her life to God and she led a holy life through mental prayer. Teresa knew that prayer was very important and she wrote many books about prayer. Her books taught and encouraged people to pray.She wrote a book about becoming friends with God. She felt God was her best friend. Teresa is called a Doctor of the Church. A Doctor of the Church is a special kind of teacher. Teresa was made a Doctor of the Church because the books she wrote were important in helping people learn to pray and become friends with God. St Teresa of Avila said “Prayer in my opinion is nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us”.