Dorothy Cummings McLean

Dorothy Cummings McLean

Dorothy Cummings McLean is a Canadian writer living abroad and the author of two books, Ceremony of Innocence and Seraphic Singles.

Dorothy has an MA in English literature from the University of Toronto, an M.Div./STB from Regis College and spent two years in doctoral studies in theology at Boston College.

My husband phoned from work.

“Can we go on the Latin Mass Society’s pilgrimage to York Minster?” he wheedled.

York Minster, rebuilt from 1080 to 1472, is in York, 258 kilometres away from Edinburgh.

“Do we have to walk?” I inquired suspiciously.

“We can take the train,” said Mark. “I’m looking for tickets on the Internet.”

“I think this Lent we’ll give up meat,” I mused.

My husband, the super-traditionalist formerly Episcopalian convert, looked unhappy. Scotland is a meat-and-potatoes society, its diet consisting chiefly of meat, potatoes and distilled essence of grain.

“We can have fish, though, right?” he enquired.

“Sure,” I said. “We can have anything my grandparents would have had before 1963.”