Mary continued to summer at Linwood, traveling there by the B&O Railroad, and aided by her African-American butler, Oliver. Daily he carried her down the stairs to enjoy the sunshine from the wide front porch. She prayed and journaled from her wheelchair in the gardens, often with her dog, Bayard, by her side. She found inspiration in nature and the quiet of Linwood. She wrote books: "The Life of Christ" in 1909, and "Come Unto Me" in 1915, both geared toward children. More books followed as well as an autobiography. She hosted well-known theologians at Linwood, including Bishop John J. Keane, who would become the first rector of Catholic University of America. She found a kindred spirit in the Jesuit astronomer Rev. John G. Hagen, who visited Linwood to instruct Mary in theology by day and in astronomy by night.