As Jesus said, “Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (St. Matthew 5)
Most who speak of socialization have in mind the incorporation of children into society’s norms. In the field of service to persons with developmental disability, this is called normalization.
But Orthodox Christians seek for themselves and their children and those they love socialization into the Kingdom of God and it’s “norms.” Turning from sin, trusting God in the midst of personal loss and grief, and sympathetically sorrowing for the sins and stumblings of those around us are indeed aspects of this Way of Life in Christ.
We seek socialization “above” (Colossians 3) rather than socialization below- the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Read the entire article; it’s not long:
See also a web post which comments on St. Gregory of Nyssa’s explication of St. Matthew 5:4 (“Blessed are they who mourn . . . “): http://orthodoxwayoflife.blogspot.com/2009/09/3rd-beatitude-blessed-are-those-who.html