Valerie Schultz is a freelance writer, a columnist for The Bakersfield Californian and the author of "Closer: Musings on Intimacy, Marriage, and God." She and her husband Randy have four daughters.

Faith In All Things
May 30, 2017
Three huge bags of baby clothes! My baby is 25. Why have I saved these things?
Politics & Society Short Take
May 08, 2017
In my unofficial survey of mothers, not a single mother mentioned gifts as part of a perfect Mother’s Day.
Faith In All Things
March 29, 2017
Stories of persistent women abound in the Gospels.
Faith In All Things
February 24, 2017
When I persist in wondering “why,” I remind myself that Jesus knows all about this kind of contemplation.
An elderly woman prays during Mass Nov. 13 at St. Peter Claver Church in Baltimore (CNS photo/Bob Roller). 
Faith Last Take
January 22, 2017
I might have come in wounded, but during Mass I am healed and made whole.
Faith In All Things
December 27, 2016
My parents found ways to make each other miserable towards the end of their marriage, but they also had times of deep love.
Faith In All Things
November 18, 2016
We’ve been together for decades, but I've finally broken up with my parish.
In All Things
September 08, 2016
We who write about God are probably least helpful when we think we are most profound.
In All Things
June 21, 2016
The God of second chances is a strong figure in prison.
In All Things
May 31, 2016
The rich young man is the only person in the Gospels who does not heed a direct call from Jesus.