In our last two reflections on the virtue of Temperance, we covered Temperance’s association with the Fourth Commandment to honor one’s father and mother and the Sixth Commandment, to not commit adultery. Today we will conclude this mini-series by discussing how Temperance is associated with the Ninth Commandment: Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s wife.
As with the discussion on adultery, from our last reflection, so too it is with lust for another that we sin in God’s eyes. Merely envisioning being with another person sexually, outside of the marital union, is considered sinful.
Lust is disordered desire for, or inordinate enjoyment of, sexual pleasure. Sexual pleasure is morally disordered when sought for itself, isolated from its procreative and unitive Continue reading