Fr. Spitzer, What are your views on reincarnation...a friend of mine is convinced by "compelling" cases, and himself, that it is true.
I do not believe that the evidence for reincarnation is compelling, but rather that the evidence that we are going to survive bodily death is very compelling. There is no doubt that some people who survive bodily death choose to remain here on earth for a variety of reasons. When they do, they can become "ghosts" that inhabit a house or a particular domain - or sometimes "spirits" that influence people - particularly young people who are very vulnerable and open to influence - becoming like an alter ego to them. Most of the time, this influence is not malevolent, but seems to be directed at informing another human being of the importance of their past life. This might include knowledge about that past life, talents from that past life, and even knowledge of languages from that past life. These indications of contact with a past life do not, in my view, indicate a person having lived in that past life, but only of being in contact with another person who did live in that past life, survived it, remained in the world, and is now influencing a child or adolescent. I hope this helps. Thanks for your inquiry.
Fr. Bob Spitzer
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