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Gerald Sittser answers that question fabulously in his book Water from a Deep Well:
"Augustine is one saint among hundreds whose stories need to be told, remembered and cherished, for they remind us that we are not alone, that we do not know it all, that we have not exhausted the depths of the Christian faith. Their voices echo to us across the centuries, saying, "There is more, so much more!" They invite us to drink more deeply from the well of living water available in the Christian faith, which promises to satisfy the deepest thirst in all of us, a thirst that is part of our very nature as human beings."*
When I was introduced to the spiritual classics a few years ago, a gateway opened up to a world I'd hardly known existed. The Christian Church has twenty centuries of literature to offer, more than any person could master in a lifetime. Reading classic literature often requires a discerning spirit, but for those who are willing to respect and interpret it for our times, it holds a deep well of living water indeed.
On these pages I offer just a few selections and reflections upon classic wisdom. Though small right now, I hope the collection will continue to grow for as long as I'm given the opportunity to partake of these great spiritual masters.
* Gerald Sittser, Water from a Deep Well: Christian Spirituality from Early Martyrs to Modern Missionaries, p.17