I am Catholic and I've been told in the past we don't believe that, but I think some form of that exists. For instance: The "guff" is a term the Talmud uses to refer to the repository of all unborn souls. Literally, the word "guff" means "body."
The Talmud says, "The Son of David (Mashiach) will not arrive until there's no more 'soul' in the 'body.' " This means that there are a certain number of souls in heaven waiting to be born. Until they are born, they wait in a heavenly repository called "the body." The Mashiach won't arrive until every single one of these souls has been born into the physical world.
I know it's a Jewish belief, but doesn't it make sense? Could someone die and be reassigned to Earth either because a new baby needs a soul, or because they want to relive their life better and make better choices?
I'm Protestant, not Catholic but I do believe in the pre-existance of souls before the creation of earth. I believe that God does not fall under any timeline and certainly not one that can be described by finite human individuals. I don't believe in reincarnation or the recycling of souls into new bodies but rather the eternity of the soul. I don't think it is possible for one to know when a soul begins but we do rather know that one does not end. The creation of the soul takes place outside of our realm and capacity of understanding. I have to say, I'm confident in not having an explanation for every little thing. If I as a finite human being, could know and explain God in accuracy and entirety...he wouldn't be much of a God now would he? :-)
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