Hi. I am not Catholic and don't actually really know much about St. Francis, but it seems that nobody is responding to this thread so thought I would throw out a few thoughts.
- What I do know is that St. Francis had a deep love and respect for *all* of God's creation. If I recall correctly I read a story about him spending all day moving some snails off a path or something like that. He spoke with the animals too (preaching to the birds comes to mind). He was simply filled with love and goodwill and spontaneity. Probably this is covered in the books you said you have. So, some kind of activity having to do with the animal world? Take them outside to watch the birds and insects?
- Apparently he also played some kind of early guitar. Possibly singing songs accompanied by guitar (if you or someone available can play a bit)? Outside?
- There's this:
|"The Divine Praises"
Francis of Assisi
You are holy, Lord, the only God,
and Your deeds are wonderful.
You are strong.
You are great.
You are the Most High.
You are Almighty.
You, Holy Father are King of heaven and earth.
You are Three and One, Lord God, all Good.
You are Good, all Good, supreme Good,
Lord God, living and true.
You are love. You are wisdom.
You are humility. You are endurance.
You are rest. You are peace.
You are joy and gladness.
You are justice and moderation.
You are all our riches, and You suffice for us.
You are beauty.
You are gentleness.
You are our protector.
You are our guardian and defender.
You are our courage. You are our haven and our hope.
You are our faith, our great consolation.
You are our eternal life, Great and Wonderful Lord,
God Almighty, Merciful Saviour.
And of course this:
|LORD, make us instruments of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, union;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that we may not seek to much
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardonning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Can you do some kind of role playing, with difficult situations in which they have to figure out the "St. Francis" way of dealing with it? Explore how acting in a selfless, trusting, loving way makes them feel?
Anyway, good luck with that. Hopefully somebody else will answer too!