I have always believed that the sacred stigmata received by St. Francis was unique in the history of the Church. I do not think that there has ever another saint, blessed, or mystic, who had been marked with the holy wounds of Christ, who experienced it in the same manner - or to such a degree as St. Francis. What I'm trying to say is that I think Francis was more closely conformed to Christ in his sacred passion than any of the others - the stigmata was perhaps more universally efficacious, as it were.
Clearly I don't know what I am talking about. Neither do I have any way of proving it. But happy feast day anyway.
St. Francis, pray for us that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.