Who would think that this picture of a saintly old woman, bowed down with age, was once a beautiful young woman who had everything - wealth, family, admirers, and material possessions; she led a sinful life that had no room for God in it. Here, she is bent not only with old age, but also with sorrow in reparation for her past sins. Note the instruments of the Passion she holds - the Cross, the nails, the lance, the reed and sponge; in her left hand she holds a scourging whip, and in her right, a bundle of scourging rods. It is with these instruments we inflict pain on Christ every time we sin. It is as though we were there at His scourging, holding the whip and lashing Him, torturing Him with our sins, for indeed our sins are the instruments of His Passion.
Meditate on the difference between the two pictures, and the road in between, from the start of her conversion where she realized her sinfullness, to the long hard way of the Cross that led to Blessed Angela's sanctification and redemption. May we all persevere on that road.