What is the role of free will in Thomistic predestination?

My understanding of Thomist teachings:

  • people have free will to do what they want
  • everyone gets sufficient amount of grace (Sufficient for what, if they will go to hell as they live a sinful life.)
  • God just chooses some for salvation (predestines them), gives them a special amount of grace (efficacious grace) and these will go to Heaven
  • the others (who got sufficient amount of grace) are reprobates who go to hell

I do not see any real connection between free will and grace - I suppose there is no. Thus, I do not understand how God chooses whom to provide efficacious grace and how this can be aligned with a loving God (e.g. what if he chooses killers etc. for salvation).

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    @zippy2006 I tried to narrow it down. – user1724641 Aug 4 '18 at 6:46
  • Thanks, that is helpful! I'm curious about the source you are using? Do you mean efficacious grace rather than efficient grace? I've never heard of efficient grace. – zippy2006 Aug 4 '18 at 15:23
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    You are right, first I thought that those are the same but realized that this is the right term (efficacious grace). My source is mainly (but not exclusively) reddit.com/r/Catholicism/comments/7fndj0/… (which is not a 100% surely correct one). – user1724641 Aug 6 '18 at 7:12

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