Mother Maribel of Wantage (England) (1887–1970) was an Anglican nun, artist and sculptor who was Mother General of the Community of St Mary the Virgin in Wantage from 1940 to 1953. Her artistic works, particularly her sculptures and carvings, are in many ecclesiastical buildings around the world.
Mother Maribel is credited with the quote,
“Silence is not a thing we make; it is something into which we enter. It is always there … All we can make is noise.”
I have made noise when trying to pursue silence… and I know we should just enter silence as Mother Maribel suggests. This is a difficult practice and discipline. However… I also know it is true. One cannot make noise; do an exercise, chant or anything else to enter silence. Silence is always there…we just have to enter.
“Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given—and you will receive even more.” Jesus