Q. 1. What can you tell me about the 50 days around the Easter Season?
A. 1. Following the Season of Lent that lasts 40 days, the Catholic Church enters the Season of Pentecost which last 50 days. (Pentecost comes from the Greek word "pentekoste" which means the fiftieth (day).) The Season of Pentecost is synonym to the Easter Season.
During the Easter Season, nature begins to show new life. The trees grow leaves; the flowers bloom, the grass and weeds once more rise from the ground, etc... This new life reminds us of the new life that we share with Jesus.
As the new life of nature takes many forms, so does the new life in the Catholic Church. New believers will have received the Sacrament of Baptism. Young members of the Church will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and First Communion. These are signs of personal spiritual growth in the Lord Jesus.
When Ascension Day arrives, Catholics will gather to share their blessed hope that one day, the glory of Jesus shall be theirs also. On Pentecost Day, the fiftieth day, all shall give thanks for the gift of the Holy Spirit that moves every believer to spread the Word of the Gospel.