English Roman Catholic Martyrs; executed on July 7, 1591
Roger Milner was an elderly and illiterate farmer from Hampshire, England. Raised Anglican, he had converted to Roman Catholicism. On the day Milner took his First Communion the authorities imprisoned him. He was paroled during subsequent years. During parole Milner aided and abetted the movement of Roman Catholic priests, which was illegal.
Among these priests was Roger Dickenson, from Lincoln. Authorities arrested Milner and Dickenson together. Milner refused a court offer to save his life in exchange for visiting an Anglican parish church. Dickenson was doomed, also. They became martyrs on the same day.
I have noticed that Anglican calendars of saints include Anglicans whom Roman Catholics martyred, and that the Roman Catholic calendar of saints includes Catholics whom Anglicans martyred. My calendar covers both sides.
Gracious God, in every age you have sent men and women who have given their lives in witness to your love and truth. Inspire us with the memory of Ralph Milner and Roger Dickenson, whose faithfulness led to the way of the cross, and give us courage to bear full witness with our lives to your Son’s victory over sin and death, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.