Peace and Good !
Fundly enough, the Holy Mass’ reading today is of when Jesus speaks of “New wine skins for new wine”… (cf. Lk 5,37-39)…
For us the Habit is an external sign of our (continual) internal conversion. As the word “wine” in Italian (coming from the Latin language base) is “vino”… When speaking of the first miracle of Jesus at Cana (Jn 2,1-11), our founder says that we aught pray to the Lord that he transforms the spirit of water (that is the spirit of the world that is with out taste) within us into the Sprit of wine = in italian “of wine” is “di vino” … that is in Italiano “di vino” = (of wine) and in Italian “divino” = (Divine)…
So it’s meaning for us (other than the sackcloth being the biblical sign of conversion, in recognising that all is vanity in this life without God, eg. the story of Giona etc.) is that now that we have Faith in Eternal Life through Christ Jesus, the sackcloth is an exterior sign of change of life, otherwise the “Divine Spirit within us” risks bursting and being lost, as fo example, if a young woman after her conversion contiues to ware mini skirts of several centimetres of length, continues to ware makeup to seduce men, and continues visiting nightclubs where people rarly think of God… well then their witness bursts, that is thier witness no longer becomes very believable.
It’s clear that not everyone has to put on a habit, but atleast one tries to have more respect, honor, and dignity for the gift of Faith planted within us, saving it from being disipated in a world of “water”.
May the Lord continue transforming your Spirit into the wonderful Divine Spirit, as Jesus say’s more or less, “who to 30%, who to 60%, and who to 100%”. (Cf. Mt 13,23)
Best Wishes of Holiness, Friar Antonio.