Tuesday Evening Mass Homily
"At the moment of death, saints, like Christ, feel as if God has abandoned them. Yet, at this moment they fervently call upon God and they die because of their longing for Him. Therefore, in a certain sense the cause of a saint's death is not only physical illness, but also spiritual hunger. They die because of their overwhelming desire to see God face to face."
(Open Wide the Door to Christ
, pg. 53)
At an important point in the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi, a missionary gave him a book that contained the four Gospels. This of course, was the Indian leader's first exposure to Christianity. He read the Gospels with great interest, and was convinced that the principles taught by Jesus could resolve all of the political, social and economic problems of his country.
Gandhi had to travel throughout Western Europe in order to muster support for an independent India. Traveling through Christian countries, he was dismayed only to conclude that the Gospels are wonderful indeed, but he did not see anyone living their teaching. For this reason, Gandhi never converted to Christianity.