We must be careful not to give occasion to mental distractions. How can he who recites the Office in a public place, or in the midst of persons who are jesting and amusing themselves, how, I ask, can he say it with piety and devotion?
St Alphonsus de Liguori (2009-05-30). Dignity and Duties of the Priest, or Selva by St Alphonsus de Liguori (Kindle Locations 6250-6252). St Athanasius Press. Kindle Edition.