Is this the icon with the swords?
The image of the swords always bothers me....I can't look without cringing.
Don't fear this piercing of your heart - there is nothing better in this world, if it's even from this world. (I wrote about this to you Liza in a private message pertaining to a Slavic language thread - parts of which I'll repeat here. I'm sorry Michal but I don't know where I got the second quote from ... the first one is from "The Art of Prayer".)
Умиление - "ecstasy and injury - It is an old fashioned word you might find in Russian Bibles and Dostoyevsky, describing a state of being in which you have been taken down, brought to your knees, humbled--when kaleidoscopic emotions of tenderness, humility, sadness, and rapture all wash though you...."
Умиление - "a sudden softening of the heart or a flood of deep emotion in the heart. It is a sudden and unexpected impulse that takes hold of a man, a feeling of inexplicable tenderness which seizes the hardest of hearts ... it is the thrill of love and forgiveness, the tears of repentance and joy, and the gift of self offered in joy."