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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 Faith in Focus
Valerie SchultzMarch 25, 2019
Since retiring from my job, my husband has found me irritating. We had a talk (after fighting), and he is right: I am mothering him. Smothering him. “I have a mother,” he said. “I want a wife, a partner, a best friend.”
Faith Faith in Focus
Valerie SchultzMarch 15, 2019
The most compelling reason not to execute the convicted is an existential one: We humans are not God.
Faith Faith in Focus
Valerie SchultzJanuary 02, 2019
Like the men of Galilee present at the ascension of Jesus, we search the skies for unclouded meaning.
Tanelle Pearson is seen with her 7-month-old son during a breakout session on May 16 at the National Young Adult Ministry Summit at the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn) 
Faith Faith in Focus
Valerie SchultzOctober 25, 2018
The church needs our young people. But we elders cannot nurture them in the faith if we repel them.
Faith Faith in Focus
Valerie SchultzSeptember 03, 2018
It is time for us to understand how this keeps happening and to stop it. We women are being called to shake things up.
Faith Faith in Focus
Valerie SchultzJuly 31, 2018
Like the apostles, we have been sent out two by two to proclaim the message of Jesus with our imperfect lives.
Politics & Society Short Take
Valerie SchultzJuly 12, 2018
Pretrial freedom should not belong only to those who can purchase it.
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Faith Faith in Focus
Valerie SchultzMay 29, 2018
When we bargain with God, we espouse a God who keeps score, rather than the God who loves us no matter what.
Faith Last Take
Valerie SchultzMay 01, 2018
There have been times when I have only held onto my Catholic faith by the smallest of fingernails. I am a doubter. I am a protester.
Faith Last Take
Valerie SchultzApril 06, 2018
Every year, my sister and I take the anniversary of each of our parents’ deaths off and spend it together. We go to the cemetery and to Mass, and gather the memories and the mourning into our arms and hearts for one more year.