The Seven Storey Mountain - Part 3: Chapter 2, True North Summary & Analysis

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Part 3: Chapter 2, True North Summary and Analysis

The events of being made to withdraw his application to the Franciscans, followed by his berating in the confessional, sent Merton into a fitful and frustrating holding pattern. He was unhappy as a layman, but had been told that he had no calling to the priesthood. He still yearned to be a monk and a priest, but refused to tell anyone that. He got a job teaching at St. Bonaventure and he started to follow the liturgical office and keep a schedule and lifestyle like that of a monk. He decided that if he wouldn't be allowed to live as a monk in a monastery, he would try his best to live as a monk in the world.

He received a draft notice but failed the physical because of his teeth. He made a retreat...

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