Then, not to kill, not to commit adultery. (Rule of Benedict 4.3-4)
Doesn’t love of neighbor already forbid killing and adultery?
Passion moves faster than reason. Untamed words, swift rage, an upsurge of desire lead to heedless action.
A married woman told some Sisters: “Marriage is no different from celibacy. Of the millions of attractive men, I guard my desires with just one fewer than you. Chastity is a practice too.”
Does anyone set out to commit murder or adultery? Our passions are treacherous, able to energize good deeds or tempt us astray. StBenedict sees the commandments through a monastic lens: a tool to train and protect our hearts for good.